Religion

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.

Parishioners of St. Mary’s Catholic Church are getting an opportunity to have in-person Mass and other events for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted religious services across the nation.

Now life in Ira Ricketts’ day demanded a certain nimbleness. There were always distractions, interests of various kinds to draw one’s attention to fill any self-gratifying desire. A good day’s work meant money for a nice meal out, a special purchase, enjoying a day of unfettered pleasure or …

Don McLean’s “American Pie” album was a staple of my teenage and young adult years. It’s still among the music that I tend to go back to in times of melancholy. The final track on the album is particularly haunting today.

The pastors of The Churches of Rome collaborative announced they are making their first community service grant to the newly formed HOPE Alliance of Rome and Floyd County. The funds will be used to offset expenses incurred by local nonprofits providing emergency shelter and services to homel…

Pushing away today’s occurring’s — each minute’s demand and every daily mini-intrusion needing my attention — I make room at day’s end to write. I sit at my computer with a thought I wish to share and coax it onto the page as experience and listening allow me. Quiet guards the house while I …

In Lincolnshire County, England, tucked neatly against the western side of The Wash in the North Sea in the village of Wrangle, there lived a simple man named Adger Clarke. This was no surprise, as Wrangle was at the time populated by no more than 1300 persons, and thus, all were simple. The…

Whenever we find that our religious life is making us feel that we are good — above all, that we are better than someone else — I think we may be sure that we are being acted on, not by God, but by the devil. The real test of being in the presence of God is, that you either forget about your…

In many Christian liturgies this weekend we hear the story of The Road to Emmaus.

There will be a day, years from now when the sounds of children’s voices have long left our home, when I will look back and remember an unfortunate time in the history of the world that brought some beautifully unexpected blessings.

King Hackney couldn’t get over himself.

Churches in Floyd County have been canceling Sunday morning services as have other churches and religious bodies across the world, and that should cause us to take notice. First, it demonstrates the serious impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is having on our community. We are, after all, talki…

Robert “King” Hackney exuded confidence without evidence. In conversation, he could bluff most people with his golf prowess and knowledge, though in execution — skill and nuance were absent. King was not a poor golfer, but neither was he accomplished. There always seemed to be a “herk” in hi…

Each of us has times in our lives when we may be challenged or tested.

In the church community in Rome, Pastor Michael Faulks of Summer Hill AME Church is known as the “breakfast pastor.” That’s because, on fourth Sundays, he and his wife, Genevieve “Cookie” Faulks, prepare breakfast for church members and the general community.