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It's not enough to get rid of evil

No one lived in the old Durrance home place. The two-story house sat empty most of my childhood and teenage years. What had once been home to a family was home to rats and snakes. The house was a hazard. The surviving grandson, Juddy, owned the … more

Church News: Friday, April 20, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Today - Fish fry from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Pastor's Aide ministry. Dinners are $8 and include fish, red rice, coleslaw, butter beans, roll and drink or snack available for $4 … more

Church News: Friday, April 13, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday - 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 fry from 11 … 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

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

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: Friday, March 30, 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

'All My Hope' presented at Bethesda Church of God in Sumter

Bethesda Church of God held a dress rehearsal for its Easter service "All My Hope" on Wednesday. There will be two presentations of the service, which will be a mix of music and dramas. The first … more

Never forget the point of celebrating Easter

My young daughter wiggled down in her blanket, as is our nightly routine, and asked for a story - the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, a tale which she had heard earlier that week in her preschool class. I quickly realized that, though I had … more

Force yourself to look at the pile

Imagine all the evil of the world piled into one place. What's in the pile? There is big evil, of course. Slavery throughout the centuries. Genocide. Wars of conquest and plunder. Apartheid. Into the pile goes not just the sins of nations but the … 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

The blind man isn't the only one who needs his eyes opened

It was just days before what we now refer to as Holy Week - the week before Easter or Resurrection Sunday - that Jesus stopped to heal a blind man who was calling out to him from the street. This wasn't an unusual occasion in Jesus' earthly … more

Every bad thing that happens isn't God punishing you

My brother-in-law Larry is a great guy. A Florida Athletic Hall of Fame High School soccer coach, he discovered turkey hunting in his 50s. When Larry gets interested in something, intensity is too mild a word to describe his focus. The ranch has … 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

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

Church News: Friday, March 16, 2018

Antioch United Methodist Church, 4040 Dubose Siding Road, announces: * Sunday - United Methodist Women anniversary celebration at 4 p.m. The Rev. Fadetra Harrington-Boyd, pastor of Springhill and New Haven United Methodist Church, Bishopville, … 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

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

Church News: Friday, March 2, 2018

Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 4319 Rowe Drive, Summerton, announces: * Sunday, March 11 - The trustee's 21st anniversary celebration at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ranzy McFadden will speak. High Hills AME Church, 6780 Meeting House Road, Dalzell, … more
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