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My two-month-old son was sick this week, so I kept him with me during our weekly worship service rather than leave him in our church nursery. Frankly, a sick baby was the last thing I needed. There is so much going on in this season that any detour … more
I've always been one for obsequious volunteerism, a phrase I made up so that I could make my debilitating impulse to enlist in every church activity sound like a justifiable habit. When someone asks for workers, my hand seems to always stretch to … more
Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 4319 Rowe Drive, Summerton, announces: * Sunday, Nov. 12 - The 77th (known) anniversary of the church will be celebrated at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ranzy McFadden, pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, will … more
I grew up in churches that assumed if you really followed Jesus, you would be miserable. Therefore, the more miserable you were, the closer you were to Jesus. Our pastors told us that it was better to be miserable at church on Sunday night than to … more
If you've ever seen a ghost, you have something in common with 18 percent of Americans. But while there's evidence that our brains are hardwired to see ghosts, the apparitions we see tend to … more
Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday, Nov. 18 - Fallfest 5-7 p.m. featuring Bible trivia, games, prizes and more. * Sunday, Nov. 19 - Educator's Day will be celebrated during 10 a.m. worship. Bethlehem Missionary … more
The law of the fist: Open hands receive; closed fists don't. This basic faith principle works whether you believe in God or not. If you live with a closed attitude, you cannot receive love. If you live with an open attitude, you can receive … more
Church Women United of the Greater Sumter area announces: * Thursday, Jan. 18 - Annual business meeting and worship service at 4:30 p.m. at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 325 W. Fulton St. The Rev. Jody Foster, of Wedgefield Presbyterian … more
'I'm not materialistic" is what I often say. "It's just not something I struggle with" is my pious followup, as my friends discuss their burning desire for the next big thing. I employed the GPS on my phone in an unfamiliar part of town when this … more
It's strange to think about Jesus giving thanks. After all, Christians believe he was the God in flesh. It seems odd for him to thank his Heavenly Father for anything. But Jesus did give thanks. When he fed the 5,000, he gave thanks for the five … more
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