Religion

I have noticed, and I’m sure you have, too, a fashion, an inclination, an easy agreement in conversation when the subject arises about God as nature or seeing God in nature. Often we nod in agreement without thinking much about the implications of such a perception. Of course, nature hints a…

When I was growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Sundays in Rome were all very still and quiet except for church services.

Following his resurrection, Matthew tells us that Jesus sent word for his disciples to meet him on a mountaintop for final instructions. When Jesus arrived on the scene Matthew tells us “they worshiped him; but some doubted” (Matt. 28.17).

Spring rushed in this year and claimed an early arrival. Winter fell away, released its reign and loosened its grip on my pessimism. So demonstrative was its entrance, Blackberry Winter yielded its attempt at dampening my spirit and decided against an appearance. As I anticipated Nature’s la…

Two honest questions: what do you think of yourself? When it comes to possibly living a life for Jesus, how do you feel that you match up?

Tiger! Tiger! Tiger! The crowd cheered in punctuated rhythm celebrating Tiger Woods’s victory at this year’s Masters golf tournament. While the golf world watched with excitement a moment most thought would not happen, Tiger tapped in for a bogey five on the 72nd hole to win his fifteenth ma…

One of the challenges in reading or hearing or studying passages from scripture is trying to figure out where we fit in all of it. Sometimes the stories of our faith are difficult to connect to our lives today, two thousand years later. At times, sacred scripture can seem like words meant on…

Another meeting schedules me. Another phone call interrupts. A text dings on my cell. I jot a note down to attend to later and somehow hope its purpose will rise at a remembered time or just in time. Two more conversations demand focus and attention before I can, with measured intent, inhale…

It took a while. Had circumstances meted a different outcome, The Masters golf tournament and Augusta National may have died as but a dream to its founders, Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts. Fate can be a dance partner capable of two-stepping to a tune chosen by the will of its whim.

I am certainly sensitive and respectful of people of other religions. However, I am of a surety that Jesus is the son of God. In fact, the Holy Bible is clear that there is one God with three personalities: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

Primera Iglesia Bautista, 614 Old Dalton Road, will present the Easter cantata "Alabanza de Resurrección" on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The lyrics and narrative of the Easter story will be presented entirely in Spanish. Members of the congregation including (front row, from left) Magdalena Tucker, …

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 1818 Kingston Highway, will have a flowered cross on Easter Sunday. The sermon will be “Find Hope This Easter — He Is Risen.”

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 1818 Kingston Highway, will hold Psalm Sunday service this Sunday at 11 a.m. with their annual Easter musical, “My Easter Story.” The quarterly fellowship luncheon will follow at 12:30 p.m. and the film “The Passion of the Christ” will be shown at 2 p.m. …

“Two men went up to the temple to pray.”

It’s another routine morning. My alarm sounds at 5 a.m. I rise toward clarity. Prayer and devotion follow.

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 1818 Kingston Highway, will hold Psalm Sunday service this Sunday at 11 a.m. with their annual Easter musical, “My Easter Story.” The quarterly fellowship luncheon will follow at 12:30 p.m. and the film “The Passion of the Christ” will be shown at 2 p.m. …

What would Jesus do? If Jesus were here today, would he ensconce himself within the walls of a church? Would He preach and pray and heal only on Sunday mornings, Sunday nights and Wednesdays? Would he limit transportation to the church van or meals to church suppers? Would he shy away from t…

Teaching golf early in my career, I exposed my ignorance by how much information I gave to each student to validate my expertise. I thought the more information given, the more logical an argument, the more “why” a student should follow my advice, the more change would occur. Confucius was r…

The Lenten season is here, those days just before we recall the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. In some protestant churches Lent barely gets notice. In the Roman Catholic tradition the stations of the cross are portrayed. To me, the important part about Lent is not what you give up but wha…

Who are you? Some of us will constantly define ourselves by who we used to be, for good or bad. Some of us still brag about things from long ago — brag about some kind of athletic achievement, or even still tell people our impressive ACT score. Some of us like to name-drop about a famous per…

I am restless on this chilled fresh morning. Each attempt to settle and focus finds one more distraction claiming my attention. Thoughts are scattered. I’m fidgety. I aim to tidy things before walking to church. Maybe I’m searching for an excuse to avoid thinking about life’s recent dilemmas.

In these times, it seems that no one wants to hear about hell. Let me be honest, I do not enjoy preaching about hell either. Yet, I must because it is my calling to preach not only the good news of the Gospel, but of the hurtful parts as well.

Up on the mountain, on the Cumberland Plateau, one hour and fifteen minutes from this North Georgia Piedmont, a man can take a trailhead through an old growth forest to a rocky outcropping called Kirby-Smith point. Ambling along on a short hike, the forest transitions from pines and mountain…

The Immanuel Broadcasting Network, with primary studios in Cartersville but with a signal that covers much of Northwest Georgia, Northeast Alabama and Southeast Tennessee, has tweaked its format to respond to a new generation of Christian radio audience.

I have become a reader, a departure from my youthful desire to avoid it and the tests that followed at all cost, which I could not. Three books, sometimes more, rest bedside, dormant until my hands and eyes fall on them. Short chapters: a word here and there move on to sentences and then par…

Amazing Grace Baptist Church, 266 Prater Road, Kingston, holds Sunday School at 10 a.m. Worship is at 11 a.m. on Sundays and evening services are at 6 p.m. Wednesday night worship is at 7 p.m.

Why is it so hard to be like Jesus? We all fall far short when it comes to imitating Jesus. We all do things he would never do, and fail to do things he would do without question. We act selfishly, and stupidly and heartlessly at times.

Those now distant, youthful, washed away days were carefree when my breathing synchronized with other heartbeats running and playing whatever game arose spontaneously – tag or red rover – sweating and exerting, then collapsing within dusk’s reach to ponder some told tall tale. Innocent laugh…

Puzzling! And my intent is to mean perplexing while also creating a new verb as in puzzling – the act of solving puzzles. Example: “I was puzzling a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle of Mount Rushmore this past weekend.”

The prophet Isaiah is considered not only one of the greatest prophet of his day, but he is considered one of the greatest prophets of all time.

There’s a grandmother sofa in my living room. Its curvature and form accompany a wingback chair and memories least forgotten. Grandmother sofas always invite company to sit down and pay a proper visit, a social call outlined by accepted graces and flower print dresses emitting a whiff of age…

What I remember most about that day was the cold. It was the kind of cold that seeps into the bones and settles as though it has found a permanent home. It seemed fitting for the day, as though the cold death of that little body had infected everything around it. I remember thinking, “It’s n…

Editor’s note: This column is part two of a three part series exploring the author’s quest to understand and ultimately live for God. Part one ran in the Rome News-Tribune’s Jan. 11 edition.

What do you think of the world we now live in? We live in a world full of poverty. It is shameful and really inexcusable that one- half the world population lives at or below the poverty level. Many people in America are literally homeless because of mental challenges, depression and poverty…

It all began the day I got the news. Opening a box containing a pacifier has its effect. The news arrested my unrestricted, youthful perspective and changed everything. The emotions, thoughts, excitements, realities and anticipations occupied me. This news came on its schedule, not mine. Wit…

If you haven’t read Esther in a while, you should pull it off the shelf. It is high melodrama. Esther tells the story of Jews who have been forced into exile in Babylon. King Ahasuerus dumps his wife, Queen Vashti, because he thinks she’s dissed him (though who can argue with her wanting to …