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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
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
Church Women United of the Greater Sumter Area will celebrate World Community Day with a morning of fellowship and prayers at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 130 Loring Mill Road. The theme for this event is … more
We like God being compassionate, gracious, loving, faithful and forgiving. When we talk about God as judge, we don't like it. Why? We like being our own judges. I like to have moral authority over you. When I catch you doing something I deem … more
I had the opportunity to meet the world's worst church visitor this week. A harsh designation, perhaps, but this individual seemed to be looking for every reason to not be there. Maybe she had been burned by another congregation. Maybe she just … more
Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday - Missionary worship service at 10 a.m. Dr. Mary Blanding Hallums will speak. Bethel Baptist Church, 2401 Bethel Church Road, announces: * Sunday - Fall festival from 3 to 6 p.m. … more
Harvey Weinstein, a Broadway and Hollywood producer, has been accused by numerous women of sexual assault and rape. While I believe a person is innocent until proven guilty, the accusations against Weinstein have unleashed a wave of courageous women … more
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