Religion

A new year is always a time when we make resolutions to change our lives for better outcomes.

During those times when life wrenches from me a comfort of which I’ve become fond, and harshness disrupts and confounds me, my mind fades and drifts into the wind that is my friend Daniel’s spirit. Daniel, who was black, was our caddy master at the country club. Unable to read or write, Dani…

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,…

For more than a decade now, studies reveal what we in the local congregation know — church attendance is shrinking.

Rome attorney Joel Thornton hopes a pilgrimage to Israel this month will help people find a new, deeper meaning to their Christian faith. Thornton and his cousin, Floyd County Sheriff’s Department Chaplain David Thornton, are leading a group of 31 people to the Holy Land from Jan. 8-18.

In the first seminary course I had, we read Luke 1:38, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word.” I had always read this passage as though Mary demurely and unquestioningly acceded to the angel Gabriel’s news.

As I reflect on former Thanksgiving days, how well do I remember those tremendous special dinners.

Searching the other day, not for anything lost, but for something I could not find, I slowed enough to allow clarity to answer my search. I’ve done my best to remind myself as age intrudes I do not have a memory problem. I have a retrieval problem. On this day, retrieval seemed more problema…

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.

Golf’s simple purpose, made complicated by its attempt, satisfies our desire for pursuit while it frustrates an equal one for beauty and precision in accomplishing it.

Every once in a while, we hear about one of our favorite people behaving badly.

“The answer to that nonsense is that, if what you call your ‘faith’ in Christ does not involve taking the slightest notice of what He says, then it is not Faith at all – not faith or trust in Him, but only intellectual acceptance of some theory about Him.” — C.S. Lewis

One of the greatest privileges, powers and honors which will always provide a way for us not only to survive but to thrive in this world is prayer.

“Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (Luke 12:27).

I once met a man who seemed to me

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.

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.

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.

I was at a work lunch a while back at a local restaurant when an elderly gentleman and his grandson came in and sat down at the table beside us. After discussing the items on the menu, both men decided to eat from the serve yourself option offered by the restaurant.

Missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are offering free English classes to the Spanish Community. They meet on Wednesday nights from 7-8 p.m. at the church, located at 3300 Garden Lakes Parkway, in Garden Lakes. Sister Tillou and Sister Blomquist teach the class.

During the time of Hurricane Dorian along the Southeast Coast, I read on line a sermon, “I will fear no evil” by Pastor H.B. Charles of Shiloh Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. It was then that I was inspired and saw one of my favorite scriptures, the 23rd Psalm, in a new light. This …

“Christianity is certainly not melancholy, it is, on the contrary, glad tidings for the melancholy; to the frivolous, it is certainly not glad tidings, for it wishes, first of all, to make them serious. That is the road we all have to take – over the Bridge of Sighs into eternity.” — Soren K…

In South Carolina, down along a branch of the old Dixie Highway, known as the Augusta Road, serenely shouldering the road is Lickville Presbyterian Church. Passersby traveling at 65 mph toward a focused destination might chance her postcard setting piercing their thought with a subdued and u…

I was once asked “are there activities practiced by your congregation that are not worship? If so, what?”

A friend of mine said he wanted some day lilies and irises for his yard and if I wanted some I ought to also go see Willie, so I did. This short, lovely retired grandmother was out in the field sharing her crop.

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.

A popular recruiting jingle by the Army was “be all that you can be.” It was an attempt to show a tangible connection between high achievement and service in the Army. Aim high; set lofty goals. Don’t settle for something less, or something that demands little.

Is it creeks end or creek’s end? How is one to know if creeks do end or possess an end? Only the apostrophe can tell the tale. If the cliché is true, an apostrophe turns possession from 90% to 100%.

And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18

One of a golfer’s enduring bad habits and character flaws is to look in a fellow competitor’s bag to take a peek at their club selection. Fatal not just to his psyche, looking has an insidious, corrosive and subtle effect on his confidence. This comparing act expresses to the onlooker he doe…

This fine hushed morning entered my waking like all others — definite, dark and coaxing me toward consciousness. Slowing me into savoring it, the dawn crawled along, which is always the best kind. The day would come soon enough and quiet time is a rare gift. I took a deep breath, enjoyed and…

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.

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.

Years ago, one of my seminary professors noted that it seems to have become rude and unpopular to talk about sin. Where we do speak of sin, we talk about it as if it is merely “rule breaking.”

Many of those who seek to be faithful believers in Christianity are challenged by one basic question: if God is all-knowing and all-powerful, why do we need to ask Him for our needs?

Sitting in a restaurant recently, eating a buckwheat crepe filled with brie and topped with strawberries, grapes and walnuts, I looked up and read a customer’s t-shirt. It said, “Progress, not perfection.” Irony seems to discover me these days.

Needed sensory deprivation evaded my rearing. Fresh with me are Mom’s stern looks and unchallenged tone of voice and any threat of death by hickory or forced gagging from Brussels sprouts. Long are the wishes for escape when my bothering had aroused one of her guaranteed responses. I feared …

It never ceases to amaze me of the love Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior displays for us. As He prepared to leave this world by way of the Crucifixion, his final prayer was for us. It is what we call an intercessory prayer, a prayer for others to concentrate on their needs and distress, or s…

The woman had probably been held by the authorities for some time. To them, she was just a means to an end. Now, on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the chief priests and Pharisees are ready to spring their trap.

Thinking, listening, observing, note taking, reading, conversing and emptying oneself of long formed preconceptions are the writer’s comfort. A writer always writes whether staring at a blank page or watching nature from a park bench or unraveling the poet’s pause or surviving those oft cons…

Technology is everywhere these days. It has become such an integral part of our daily experience. For some of us, technology has become a phenomenon that shapes almost every waking minute of our day. Because some of these changes have occurred almost overnight, the way we go about our daily …

Seeing ourselves as we are is a hard thing to do. But what eyes do we trust most but our own? We are our own rule makers in our own little kingdoms.