Religion

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 …

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.

The trip holds memories and metaphors best remembered. A bus ride up I-75 toward Sweetwater, Tennessee beckoned adventure as we arrived and hiked up a gentle slope to a hidden hole in the ground into which Blake Cheatham and I and a few more father-son pairs descended.

My path to spiritual freedom has been a long and winding one. And, I must admit, although I now know and possess spiritual freedom, I have yet to fully embrace it.

Allowing intrusion to seep through as I’m oft to do — taking a phone call I shouldn’t, saying yes when I should say no, taking on frivolous endeavors, allowing the trivial to creep in — leads down a path going nowhere, designed for procrastination and avoidance, to be busy at all the wrong t…

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? (Psalm 42:1-2, NKJV).

West Rome Baptist Church is hosting a huge Church Yard Sale that will take place March 6 and 7 in The Well at 914 Shorter Ave. The fundraiser is open to the Rome community. The aim is to raise money to support mission trips to Costa Rico, Mexico, South Africa and Las Vegas as well as Youth C…

As I observe Black History Month, I wondered, what were Dr. Martin Luther King’s Teachings on unity?

A theologian and practitioner will discuss faith and perseverance in the global church as part of the Berry College Life and Calling Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Krannert Center Ballroom.

“You will never amount to anything.”

Not sure when I first noticed that I was different, or turning this thought around, that all those other people were different than me. Or was it that we were the same? I don’t think it began at too young an age. After all, Sonny and Bilbo were shirtless 4-year-olds just like me wandering Ro…

The Trinity United Methodist Church’s senior group, The RahRahs, hosted a murder mystery luncheon on Jan. 30. Fifteen members of the group participated and it only took two guesses before they were able to close the case. Susan and Bill Babb presented a slideshow illustrating the difference …