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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

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

Church News: Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

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

Billy, Bobby and the Gospel: Legendary Yankees 2nd baseman from Sumter remembers his friend, famous evangelist

Bobby Richardson recently visited Billy Graham for the last time with his wife and granddaughter. Graham could barely see. He could not hear well, but the friend of the Sumterite and former New York … more

Pray for God to show how to help shooting victims

Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine's Day this year but also tragically a school shooting in Florida in which 17 people were killed. It's one of the deadliest school shootings in history. A day that celebrates love will be marred by this unthinkable … more

We have met the enemy, and he is us - we must stop

How many more times must this be breaking news? A disgruntled former student, who was identified as a threat, took an AR-15 into his old school, opened fire and killed 17. They went to school that … 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

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

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

Church News: Feb. 9, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday - Elmina Castle and the Slave Trade dvd/video will be shown at 10 a.m. followed by a black history quiz bowl at 12:30 p.m. * Sunday, Fe. 25 - Black history program at 3 p.m. James … more

Jesus talks to outsiders; Jesus talks to insiders

There are always outsiders who don't quite fit in. Outsiders may be outside by an inch: An odd quirk keeps them out of the inner circle. Outsiders may be outside by a mile: Their skin is the wrong color, or their religion is wrong, or their culture … more

Trust God enough to ask for what you need

When you are a new believer and you read Jesus' words, "Ask and it will be given; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open to you," it sounds like magic. Ask for what I want? Answers given whenever I seek? Closed doors opening? This … more

Life is a precious gift; treat it as such, and above all, seek God

As a pastor, death is part of my job. I've done more than 500 funerals in my time. Once, I did three in the same day. Each death is different because each grief is different. I've done funerals where no one cried, because everyone was glad the … more

Church News: Feb. 2, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday - 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 Road. Bethel … more

Home appliances remind us to show grace and invest in not-so-easy relationships

Of all my home appliances, my dryer seems to be the most emotionally needy. It does the job, sort of, but not without complaint. Its buzzer-like alarm tells me when it is 10 minutes and five minutes from completing its drying cycle as if begging … 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

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
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