Monthly Archives: March 2007

Wine Drinking in the Days of the New Testament

The following quote is borrowed from the lesson outline of Bob Buchanan on Timothy and Titus. He quotes from an article entitled “Wine-Drinking in New Testament Times” written by Robert H. Stein. Here is a part: “What is important for us to note is that before wine was drunk it was mixed with water  x x x x x  The ratio of water to wine varied. Homer (Odyssey IX, 208f.) mentions a ratio of 20 to 1, twenty parts water to one part wine. Pliny (Natural History XIV, vi, 54) mentions a ratio of eight parts water to one part wine … Sometimes the ratio goes down to 1 to 1 (and even lower), but it should be noted that such a mixture is referred to as ‘strong wine.’ Drinking wine unmixed, on the other Continue reading


How to Teach a Lesson on the Great Commission Baptism

Problems: Many people teach and believe that baptism in water is not necessary for the remission of sins. Another group of people feel that the Great Commission Baptism is not immersion in water. Still another group believe that their baptism in their respective religious groups are sufficient and therefore there is no need to repeat this ceremony that involves water. Continue reading

Training School Announcements

Cebu Bible College announces the availability of limited scholarship slots for new students entering the training program in June. Interested persons may contact the following addresses:


Jun Patricio writes: “Some alumni of PBC and other preachers initiated the oorganization of ASIAN INSTITURE OF CHURCH PLANTING & CHURCH GROWTH which will open classes in June this year. The program includes two years of classroom work and two years of intership. Scholarship is available. We are looking around for additional sponsors and we are enrolling students. Land for the school has been donated. It is located in an area that is overlooking scenic Taal Lake. We need a school building. If able and interested, please call/text June Patricio at 09196302635.”

A  committee within the PBC Alumni Association chaired by Santiago B. Sameon II, Ed.D. has formulated an initial curriculum for a graduate level program at Philippine Bible College.      

Evangelism Notes

  • Brethren Jack Belo, Reuel Belo and Samson Octobre continue to lead evangelistic activities in the provinces of Leyte and Souther Leyte.
  • Santiago “Dodoy” Sameon II left behind his family in Baguio and will conduct evangelistic meetings, lectures, leadership training in his home province of Negros Oriental visiting more than 40 congregations. He went there about the middle of March and will stay thro the middle of May.
  • Brother Daniel Lauro baptized a couple, Mr/Mrs Valdez, residents of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte on February 20. This occasion was witnessed by Warner Macusi, M/M Jun Macusi, M/M Abel Mariano, Eusebio Tanicala and other Ilocos brethren.
  • Brother Emilio Panday, evangelist based in Mangatarem, Pangasinan, reports that in areas where he and his co-workers affiliated with the ministries of the Open Door Ministries and Philippine Theological College, for the month of February they’ve baptized 30 souls. During the first three weeks of March, 20 baptisms have been recorded.
  • Brethren Jhun Ma and Oscar Manangan texted their report of the obedience and immersion into Christ of Don & Jenelyn Ramos in Tuao, Cagayan province on March 21.
  • Brother Marcial Agustin, likewise, reports of the baptism on March 17 of Jonie Gilo and Jingky Intong in Agusan del Norte.   
  • Missionary Ken Wilkey is scheduled to hold gospel meeting with the church in Tuao, Cagayan in the second week of April.
  • The new congregation meeting at San Julian Central, Agoo, La Union is gaining more adherents and the brethren are looking around for a lot where a chapel could be built.
  • Evangelist Abel Mariano and the brethren in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte are set to start work on their chapel in the second week of April. Eusebio Tanicala will go there to witness cornerstone burial.    

Preacher Training Schools

  • Philippine International Bible Institute: Seven young men were awarded certificates during the February 28 ceremony at the Clark Church chapel, Angeles City. Five were trained in Angeles and two in Olongapo. Administrators in the two campuses are Higato Tulan, Sr. and Rudy Gonzales, Sr. Contact cp#0928276115 if you want to know more about PIBI program. Continue reading

April and May Activities

  • Church Leaders Seminar. The Rabon Church in San Fabian, Pangasinan will be the site of a one day seminar on April 7. Resource person is Eusebio Tanicala, our moderator.
  • National Youth Camp. Baguio Church hosts this activity at 18 Rimando Road on April 2-6.
  • Panagkakadua ’07-Ilocos. Churches of Christ in the northwestern Luzon area (Ilocos Region) will converge at the San Fernando National High School April 4-6 for this annual fellowship. Contact persons are Dr. John Quiniones and Ismael Gurtiza. Theme for the occasion is “The Church in a Changing World.”
  • Panagkakadua ’07-Valley. Cagayan Valley or northeastern Luzon area congregations will also hold their fellowship from April 4-7 in Quezon, Isabela. Contact persons are Edward Tangunan, Rostum Ortiguero and Dick Baguioen. “The Christian Family” is the theme of this event.        
  • PBC Alumni Reunion. April 30, 2007 has been set as PBC Alumni Reunion Day in Baguio. The annual general assembly for members of the PBCAlumni Association will be held, seminar on livelihood and entrepreneurship will be offered to the alumni. Alumnus Engineer Ismael Gurtiza who works with the DOST provincial office will introduce livelihood modules. For the first one hundred registrants who have paid at least three months current membership fee, one Tshirt and one reading glass will be given as a gift.
  • PBC Alumni & Church Leaders Forum. On May 1, a forum will be conducted at 18 Rimando Road. Lectures on the theme: “Improving Attitudes and Lesson Presentation Methods on Church Giving” will be given. Resource speakers are Gilbert Trani, Arnold Zambrano, Edwin Valencia and Eusebio Tanicala.
  • National Ladies Retreat. This ladies annual national event is hosted by the Midtown congregation of Baguio City on April 24-27. Venue is at the Riverview Resort which is located along northwest Asin Road some 16 kilometers from downtown Baguio.