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The blind man isn't the only one who needs his eyes opened

It was just days before what we now refer to as Holy Week - the week before Easter or Resurrection Sunday - that Jesus stopped to heal a blind man who was calling out to him from the street. This wasn't an unusual occasion in Jesus' earthly … more

Church News: Feb. 16, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, Feb. 25 - Black history program at 3 p.m. James L. Felder will speak. Bethel AME Church, 1605 S.C. 261, Wedgefield, announces: * Sunday, Feb. 25 - Black history observance, fill … more

Every bad thing that happens isn't God punishing you

My brother-in-law Larry is a great guy. A Florida Athletic Hall of Fame High School soccer coach, he discovered turkey hunting in his 50s. When Larry gets interested in something, intensity is too mild a word to describe his focus. The ranch has … more

Church News: Friday, March 2, 2018

Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 4319 Rowe Drive, Summerton, announces: * Sunday, March 11 - The trustee's 21st anniversary celebration at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ranzy McFadden will speak. High Hills AME Church, 6780 Meeting House Road, Dalzell, … more

Believers lost a great evangelist, but we share the 'same God'

The indelibility of revered evangelist Billy Graham this week was expected as was the response of many in the Christian community: sadness, gratitude, ruminations of the type of heavenly reception Graham was receiving. There is not likely a … more

When Billy Graham said 'No'

Billy Graham was a son of the segregated South. He grew up, as did I, with signs declaring "Whites Only" and "No Colored Served Here." Division by race was the abnormal accepted thing. It was understood that black people who showed up at "white" … more

Church News: Friday, April 13, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday - Women's Day program at 3 p.m., sponsored by the Missionary Society. The Rev. Donna Harvin Jackson, pastor of Pinehill AME Church, will speak. * Friday, April 20 - Fish fry from 11 … more

Church News: Friday, March 30, 2018

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Saturday, April 7 - South Jordan Union fourth youth conference at 10 a.m. featuring oratorical speakers, workshops of all ages, skit praise … more

Church News: Jan. 26, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday, Feb. 3 - An evening of love, laughter, fun and food, sponsored by the Sisters of Faith and the Hospitality Ministries, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Ruach, 245 Oswego … more

Love because He first loved you

I'm at the age when younger couples have started asking me advice on marriage. This is a very strange realm of influence to be in because 1) I feel woefully under qualified to give such, and 2) I want to think I'm still in the throes of youth, made … more

We all use four-letter words - even God

There is nothing better than a tangerine. When I grew up, down behind the barn, along the fence line of the lot, there were three big tangerine trees. There is no telling how old those trees were. When tangerines were in season, we'd take a break, … more

Excuse me, could you help me find a church?

I know a couple who is searching for a church to attend. I thought I might use this column to help them out. She is looking for a church with traditional values - an established congregation with a welcoming spirit. He would like a church with a … more

'All My Hope' presented at Bethesda Church of God in Sumter

Bethesda Church of God held a dress rehearsal for its Easter service "All My Hope" on Wednesday. There will be two presentations of the service, which will be a mix of music and dramas. The first … more

Let Jesus take your blindness, heal the wounds

I got my first pair of contacts in the seventh grade. They were (and still are) the old-fashioned rigid plastic kind. The optometrist emphasized to me over and over, "These must be kept clean." Have you ever seen a 12-year-old boy keep anything … more

Never forget the point of celebrating Easter

My young daughter wiggled down in her blanket, as is our nightly routine, and asked for a story - the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, a tale which she had heard earlier that week in her preschool class. I quickly realized that, though I had … more

Church News: Friday, March 16, 2018

Antioch United Methodist Church, 4040 Dubose Siding Road, announces: * Sunday - United Methodist Women anniversary celebration at 4 p.m. The Rev. Fadetra Harrington-Boyd, pastor of Springhill and New Haven United Methodist Church, Bishopville, … more

Force yourself to look at the pile

Imagine all the evil of the world piled into one place. What's in the pile? There is big evil, of course. Slavery throughout the centuries. Genocide. Wars of conquest and plunder. Apartheid. Into the pile goes not just the sins of nations but the … more

Cousin James knew how to relate to people, and he knew how to laugh

When I heard the news, I sobbed. I’m not ashamed. When someone adds deeply to your life, you cry when they die. My cousin, James Skipper, passed away last week at the age of 59. Fifty-nine is a lot … more

Church News: Friday, April 20, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Today - Fish fry from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Pastor's Aide ministry. Dinners are $8 and include fish, red rice, coleslaw, butter beans, roll and drink or snack available for $4 … more
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