Religion

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“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

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“And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” (Matthew 6:12, NKJV).

Starting March 1, Westminster Presbyterian Church at 1941 Shorter Avenue will have a new called pastor, Rev. Dr. Renee Ann Meyer. She is Westminster’s first female minister and takes the place of Rev. Dr. Sam Henderson who was Westminster’s interim minister for two years.

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The month of February is designated as Black History Month, Heart Month, and the observance of Valentine’s Day.

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The bell above the doorjamb jingled as Concetta entered the store. Warm air dispensed her shivers.

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In my middle adult years, I spent nearly every Saturday working with friends to build houses (42 of them) for Habitat for Humanity. As I got more and more familiar with the skills and techniques for building, I found that I preferred working on those early stages of building.

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Curator: “Sir, we do not sit on the museum’s display chairs.”

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Kumph! HaKumph! HaRrrrrummph! Why am I coughing? Where am I? It’s so dark. And cold.

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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!”

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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.

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“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 …

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

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“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).

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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.

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“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 “…

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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.

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

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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…

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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…

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

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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.

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

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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…

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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.”

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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…

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

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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.

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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…

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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).