Religion

The image holds firm in my heart. When a deep breath in my schedule allows me indulgence, my mind takes me to a simpler, more innocent day.

It was an excitement to me. The unencumbered thought of waking wide-eyed, captivated by a readiness and willingness to engage the day’s promise meant my day had come, meant my dream gripped reality like my spikes gripped the ground. The sun pierced my window like the day’s wish had pierced m…

It was the early morning hours when Jesus entered the Temple court and sat down to teach. As crowds gathered around to listen to him, Roman soldiers patrolled the walls of the Antonia Fortress overlooking the Temple, on guard for eruptions of violence. The Temple authorities were still burni…

“But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and came to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 13: 51,52).

After forty years, I still remember my physiology test. It remains the hardest multiple-choice test I took in college. I’m sure the professor experienced a depressive episode at worst, and at least puzzlement.

“… that mind is the master weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that, as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness.” James Allen

The Christian faiths recognize this coming Sunday as Palm Sunday — the story of Jesus’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem and then, the greatest story ever told the Passion of the Christ.

“I long to see you that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong — that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith” (Romans 1:11-12).

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MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99.

More than a decade ago, I was severely wounded by the church, nearly to the point of abandoning her altogether. It seems that too often hardly a week goes by that I don’t encounter a friend or colleague who has been profoundly wounded by the church.

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4: 7-9).

One of the challenges of Christianity, perhaps the greatest challenge, is truly believing that we are called to live lives in imitation of Jesus. His death on the cross was the ultimate “consequence” of a lifetime of showing us precisely what it means to be a holy, faithful, God-centered hum…

Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1645 Cartersville Highway, welcomes Walter Turner as their pastor. Turner completed his undergraduate education at the University of Georgia and his Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. He has recently complete…

The Church at Rome’s outreach program Tables Around Rome meets for dinner Wednesday at Living Proof Recovery Center on Sycamore Street. The church is planning a community dinner each Wednesday during the summer in different neighborhoods around Rome and Floyd County. Next week’s Tables Aroun…

Cora Harris (from left), Merra Young, Lea McIntosh, Halle Woodrow, Harper Wallace, Molly Silvers, Mallory Silvers, and Molly Burnette play with sidewalk chalk at the second week of Tables Around Rome on Wednesday on Polaris Terrace in Coosa. The community meals sponsored by The Church at Rom…

  • By John Popham, News Intern, JPopham@RN-T.com
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“The point is to bring people around tables and to help people meet their neighbors and open in dialogue,” Callette Hollingsworth said. Hollingsworth, of the Church at Rome, said what started as an idea for the church has now grown into an event that will hopefully bring neighbors together t…

First Christian Church, 209 E. Second Ave., will hold an Ash Wednesday service today at 7 p.m. For more information contact the Rev. Craig McDonald or the church office at romedisciples@gmail.com.

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Trinity United Methodist Church will host a Q&A discussion with author Gregg Lewis after the viewing of the film “The Insanity of God,” on Sunday at 5 p.m.

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President Donald Trump recently pledged, once again, to dump restrictions on church political activity, a move that a local pastor fears would make religious institutions “beholden to the money that is dragging our politics around” and risks “sacrilegious” idolizing of political parties over…

Anyone downtown around 12:30 p.m. Sunday was not imagining things when they saw cowboys, a mariachi band, twirling dancers and a boy and girl resembling the peasant farmer Juan Diego and the Blessed Virgin Mary.