Religion

And what are we to make of all this?

Jesus wept over the capitol city of his country, the symbolic representation of a whole people: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!”

If nothing else, 2020 pointed out how divided we have allowed ourselves to become.

In many Christian churches this weekend, we gather in faith to celebrate the feast of the Holy Family — a family of loving relationships between a mother, a father and a son.

“For the real good of every gift is essential first, that the giver be in the gift — as God always is, for He is love — and next, that the receiver know and receive the giver in the gift. Every gift of God is but a harbinger of His greatest and only sufficing gift — that of Himself. No gift …

Convicted during my teen years, tagged as an old man before my time, I rarely made it to midnight on New Year’s Eve.

In 2004, I traveled to Lahore, Pakistan to visit Forman Christian College.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with that judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you” (Matthew 7: 1,2).

In the year of Covid, I miss those four walls called church. Imagine my delight when, taking respite up on the mountain, N. and I heard music across the street at the church.

“May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.” Hearing this in Scripture at this beginning of the Season of Advent, the new Church Year, it will come as no surprise to hear me say that this theme can also pertain to our spiritual lives. We are asked to consider whether we are “awake” or “…

I believe it is not who is in the White House that is going to make the difference we need.

Summers in Orangeburg were torrid. Situated in a geographic line between Florence, S.C. and Augusta, Ga., the big “O” sits in the middle of what is known as the sand hills. Normal days in July and August customarily reach 100 degrees with 100% humidity.

Over the coming weeks, we will share many meals as we gather with our families for the greatest seasons of the year.

Philosophy, observed, seems at best an attempt to explain what is, a means to sift out the here and now in a game guided by a set of rules manufactured by one or more of the game’s players. A nice convenience, philosophy guides us in what we can see and understand. This convenience trips upo…

Something I was not searching for, but I found serendipitously from an anonymous note I received, came in a flash of thought. Neither fight nor flight, dismissal nor belittlement occupied my reaction to it, only empathy for an unknown soul expressing bewilderment in an unsigned letter. Drift…

One of the most valuable tools that we have at our disposal as Christians is prayer.

Marinor, how did it come to this?

We live in fractious times. It doesn’t matter where you are on the theological, political or philosophical spectrum, it seems there is an awful lot to worry about. What we need are people who serve as a non-anxious presence — those who offer hope in the midst of anxious times and circumstances.

Covid-19, hurricanes, fires, riots, political division, etc.

Words lift the burden of meaning and with meaning comes thought and understanding and misnomer, but always perspective. Words are but symbols until experience gives a word a life. And then there is us, a complicated compilation of cells wishing we could come up with the right word, and too o…

As you well know, many of people of faith lament what they see as the diminishing influence of religion.

Have you ever thought that in the whole scope of life we are just stewards? The biblical view of a steward is defined as: “Being a servant of God, utilizing and managing all resources God provides to honor Him and for the betterment of His creation.”

Dressed in black shorts and red T-shirt underneath his finest black, pinstriped blazer and sporting a braided black fedora on his head to shade him, Ben Sower walked along the road. Miles behind him, Ben found the strength to place one foot forward again, and then again, searching for what h…

If you’ve ever had to work on a project with someone, you know that it doesn’t always go well.

Looking back over my life, I have come to realize how many sacrifices out of sheer love my family, and many of my mentors in my life made for me.

Jack dies.

The first time e pluribus unum appeared on American coins was in New Jersey in 1786. It has been on some official U.S. coins since 1795, all coinage (by law) since 1873 and on the back of $1 bills since 1935. E pluribus unum is Latin for “out of many, one” and is reference to the fact that a…

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28, NKJV).

I’ve been re-reading the prophets in these days of pandemic. The prophets often speak to a people in crisis — and while they speak hard truths those hard truths are full of hope. The prophet Ezekiel was such a preacher.

Hesitant, Jimmy Braxton entered the store. After all, his old coat still had some wear left. He thought, “Why do I need to buy a new one now?”

Never walk into a Cabela’s wearing jeans and a khaki/tan Columbia brand short-sleeve shirt. Some young man playing checkers, sitting in one of the overstuffed chairs, will pause and tell you to have a good day at work.

The Georgia House of Representatives’ chaplain of the day, Pastor Jody Hagerty of Rome, poses with Rep. Katie Dempsey and Speaker David Ralston on June 22. Hagerty has served as senior pastor at Cornerstone Church since March 2008.

In light of the COVID-19 virus and protesting across the nation, let us remember to encourage our youth that we are going to be alright and better days are coming.

These are the names: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher.

It has never been about black or white. It’s about red.