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Easter day, daily life

So much of what we read and preach about Easter has become too practiced or rote. It is not that we don’t believe what we say, or even that we don’t have emotional attachment to what we are saying, but rather that it has become a distant truth. We have connected it to a one time event in the chronicle of Christ, and we are “preaching to the choir,” those who already agree with us.

A Great Wall of Sin

My first calling was to a congregation who were very strong in their faith — and in their opinions. One such parishioner was a retired surgeon, of great personal wealth, who had been extremely well respected, and feared, in the health care community.

Men In The Fire present concert

Men In the Fire of Indiana presented a concert during the Lenten mission program at St. Peter Catholic Church on March 15 and provided music for Mass on March 16. Members of the group include Tony Bingham, Mike Woodson and Greg Rucker along with musicians Keith Strong and Phyllis Walker. The featured speaker was Rev. Chester Smith of the Bowman-Francis Ministry Project.

Power of the Resurrection

During the season of Lent leading up to the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior, it is important to realize the magnitude of what God has done through the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.

Who Dresses You?

I am often amazed at the outfits my teenage son wears because "it's what everyone is wearing." Just the other day I said, "Son, why are you wearing those clothes?" He was wearing all black. He looked at me and said, "What's wrong with this outfit, you're an Episcopal priest and you wear all black every day..." I think I responded with something less than parent-like.

Church News

Reynolds Chapel Missionary Baptist Church , 706 S. Cypress St., will hold its annual New Beginning Day at 3 p.m. Sunday. Rev. James Spinks, pastor of Brooks Chapel Missionary Baptist Church at Monticello, will be the guest speaker.

Give your children back to God

When we found out we were expecting another child, my wife and I were very excited! We have two wonderful daughters and had hoped it would be a boy this time – and it was! Tate Conner Harrison was born this past week and is very healthy and precious!

Church News

Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church , 909 S. Wisconsin St., will hold its 20th recognition program for its pastor and wife, Rev. Amelio and Cynthia Howard, and family Sunday. Rev. Raeshawn Howard, associate minister of Lampkin Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, will be the 11 a.m. guest speaker. Rev. James E. Jones, pastor of Monumental Baptist Church of Elmira, N.Y., will be the 3 p.m. guest speaker.

Church News

New Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 3800 Fir St., will hold its sixth annual church anniversary service Sunday at 3 p.m. Rev. Timothy L. Pratt Sr., pastor of Wheeler Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker.

A Tale of Two Cities

All America has been touched by the horrific events that have rocked our nation recently. I am referring particularly to the bombings surrounding the Boston Marathon, and the explosions in a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are focused most on those immediately involved who suffered even deeper wounds, physical and emotional — some will be dealing with for the rest of their lives.

Church News

Living Word Baptist Church, 5617 Sulphur Springs Road, will hold its first anniversary program for the pastor and wife, Rev. Terrance Williams and Shaunder Williams, Sunday at 3 p.m. Rev. Donald Agee, pastor of New Morning Star Baptist Church will be the guest speaker.

What Is Righteousness?

What is righteousness? Is it an outdated church word? Does it mean doing the right thing? Is righteousness something you do or is it something you are? Righteousness is literally one's right standing with God. Many people have done many things to be in right standing with God. Rituals, traditions, keeping laws, being morally upright, and doing good things are some of the basic ways people have tried to become righteous in God's eyes.