As Christians leave the Easter Season, before we return to the Season of Ordinary Church Time, we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord into heaven, the day that our Savior once again took his rightful place at the right hand of the Father.
When I first moved to Rome from Atlanta, I couldn’t understand how people could ever complain about traffic. But then I noticed myself getting irritated by all the cars on Turner McCall during rush hour.
The parable of the Good Shepherd, heard in many Christian liturgies this weekend, speaks to the truism that we all need people that we can count on. Yet, for all the importance that relationships with spouses, parents, children and friends can have, we know that even some of these relationships can sometimes fail, in terms of support. Unfortunately, even the people who are most dear to us can be difficult to count on at times.
One thing that has been of a growing concern to me in recent months is man’s interpretation of sin. What is sin? Do we as Christians understand the gravity of sin, or are we becoming a society that refuses to acknowledge sin for what it really is?
At first glance, a flier titled “A Wing and Prayer” might make you think of a Jon Bon Jovi cover band. Rome’s Second Avenue United Methodist Church has something different planned. The church is going to hand out chicken wings to those who stop by for prayer.
Calvary Baptist Church thinks unconventional worship brings people together, which is why church leaders have organized their second annual Easter worship service at the amphitheater at Ridge Ferry Park on Riverside Parkway.
She went to the well in the noonday heat to avoid the other women of the town. She knew if she went in the cool of the morning, she would be treated to their snide remarks on her failed marriages, their snickers at her misfortune, that her failures would be rubbed in her face one more time. All she wanted was to be left alone in her misery.
Angels, shepherds, lowing cattle, a baby who “no crying he makes.” The Christmas story, as we tell it in our own words, is a sweet, comfortable little story that has us oohing and aahing. It makes us feel good. If we pay attention, however, it’s anything but comfortable.
Second only to Easter morning, singing the triumph of life (“Christ the Lord is risen today”), is Christmas Eve when we joyfully sing, “O come, all ye faithful … O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.”
As another year in this temporary life draws to a close, we are reminded in Scripture by the words of the Prophet Isaiah about how we pass the time until we reach eternal life: “In quietness and trust shall be your strength.”
Armuchee Baptist Church, 6648 Big Texas Valley Road N.W., will host a special Christmas concert today at 11 a.m. John Reams, associate professor of woodwinds at Shorter University and a clarinetist, will be featured, along with his wife, Lisa, and some of his music students. Singers and instrumentalists from the church will also participate. For more information, call Pastor Clonts at 706-766-3018.
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners (Isaiah 61:1).
This Sunday at 4 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Fall Festival will focus on bringing clean water to East Africa. A host of games, displays, and activities and will fill Westminster’s West Center at 1941 Shorter Ave.
Psychologists and therapists often point out that it takes two healthy people to make a healthy relationship. The best relationships seems to be the ones in which each partner can honestly say “I can live without you and be happy, but I choose not to.”