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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

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

The night they tried to fire the preacher

We moved away from the ranch when my mother married my stepfather. For 10 years, I lived in Largo, Florida, an exploding suburb of St. Petersburg. It was at the First Baptist Church of Largo that I made my profession of faith and was … 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: Friday, April 6, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, April 15 - 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 … more

Church News: Jan. 19, 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

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

Sometimes revenge seems sweet, but keep your focus

My brothers and I were given the chore of cleaning out the horse stalls. Steve was 17, Bobby was 14, and I was 10. Over time, the horse stalls fill up with processed horse feed. My stepfather, Lawrence - never one to waste a resource - wanted us to … 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

What happened when Peter met Jesus on Easter?

It is just a fragment of a verse: "The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon (Luke 24:34)." On the day that changed the world, Jesus took time to personally appear to Simon Peter. Peter, of course, would become the leader of the church, the … 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

Church News: Friday, March 23, 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

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

Church News: Friday, March 9, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday - An "Evening of Elegance" from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ruach, 245 Oswego Highway. Formal attire. Tickets are $10. Bethel AME Church, 1605 S.C. 261, Wedgefield, announces: * Sunday - … more

There's a cardinal that flies into my window

Outside my office window is a large crape myrtle. A cardinal has taken up residence in that tree. Whenever I go into my office, I turn the light on, which apparently wakes the cardinal. After about five minutes, the cardinal flies up to my window … more

We are different, we are the same . . . look for it

We are different. We have different skin tones, different facial features. Northerners sound funny to Southerners; Southerners sound funny to Northerners. Some have hair, others (like me) have beautiful scalps, free from follicle interference. … more

No matter how inept we feel, God is working in us

You got up this morning and, if you are like most Americans, you set about working. Your work may be behind a desk or in front of a child's high chair, but whatever it is, you've put forth an effort, and this day will be remembered - in large part - … more

Ask God into your daily conversation

In his brief litany of prayer requests offered up before our meals, my husband would pray that God would bless our conversation. He invited God to join in the conversation, to help guide our words lest our impulse to gossip or indulge inappropriate … more
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