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Church News: Friday, Aug. 3, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 8-10 - Revival at 7 nightly. Speakers as follows: Wednesday, the Rev. Debbie Bowens-Davis, of Agape Fellowship AME Church of McBee; Thursday, the Rev. Dr. Mary Rhodes, … more

Jesus went beyond the walls, will you?

I grew up in New Hope Baptist Church, Route 2, Wauchula, Florida. Like many a Southerner, white and black, the walls of church were a comfort to me. For starters, the church was air-conditioned; our house was not. To step into the sanctuary from … more

Church News: Friday, July 27, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces:* Sunday - Women's missionary worship service at 10 a.m.* Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 8-10 - Revival at 7 nightly. Speakers as follows: Wednesday, the … more

Company unveils moving mosque to welcome Muslims to Japan

TOKYO - A large white-and-blue truck pulls up outside a stadium in central Japan and slowly expands into a place of worship. Welcome to the Mobile Mosque. As Japan prepares to host visitors from around the world for the 2020 Summer Olympics, a … more

Remember your Father's reputation rests on you

When I was a young man, I took my girlfriend at the time to the Silver Spurs Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida. Before Kissimmee became the home of Mickey Mouse’s empire, it was a cowtown. The Silver … more

When we join with others, we can have impact

When my mother and stepfather married, we moved off the ranch and lived in Largo, Florida, where I went to high school. Largo was home to the Band of Gold, perhaps the finest high school band ever to exist in this country. We won five National … more

Church News: Friday, July 20, 2018

Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Sunday - Deacon and trustees annual program / parade of twins at 4 p.m. Pastor Harry Clark, of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, will speak. Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, … more

Clarity comes from Jesus

My cousin, Ross Hendry, was working cows at my Aunt Ouida's place. The humidity was 100 percent, and the temperature was about 98 degrees - a typical Florida summer day. It was the kind of day that makes a cowboy pray for shade. At Aunt Ouida's … more

Vatican is drafting guidelines on proper uses for sold churches

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is drafting guidelines to help Catholic dioceses find appropriate ways to decommission unneeded churches so they don't end up as discos, gymnasiums or gelato shops. The Vatican's culture ministry is teaming up with … more

Church News: Friday, July 13, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, July 22 - The 137th anniversary of the church will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Bishop Samuel Lawrence Green Sr., presiding prelate of the Seventh Episcopal District African Methodist … more

One Sumter Community, Lutheran churches to facilitate race discussions

One Sumter Community group invites Sumterites to engage in discussions about race and religion during a unifying event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, at the University of South Carolina Sumter Nettles Building Auditorium, 200 Miller … more

Church News: Friday, July 6, 2018

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Monday-Wednesday, July 23-25 - Vacation Bible School "Team Spirit" will be held 6-7:30 nightly. All ages are welcome. Canaan Missionary … more

Soul or slave?

An African-American family, the Walls, served the Gordon family, who were white, in rural Mississippi. They worked in the field from sun-up to sundown. They milked the cows and cleaned the Gordons' house. No money ever changed hands. The Walls ate … more

Church News: Friday, June 29, 2018

Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 774 Douglas Ave., announces: * Sunday, July 15 - The 23rd anniversary of the church will be celebrated at 4 p.m. * Saturday, Aug. 4 - Back-to-school extravaganza from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. featuring vendors on … more

There's greater power on a prayer bench than in a ballot box

The pastor at my home church was preaching one Sunday, and as an illustration, he shared that some senior adults received so little in Social Security, they had to eat dog food. Then he added this phrase, "I don't think God likes that." Everyone can … more
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