Ruth Church marking 125 years
Ruth A.M.E. Zion Church, at the corner of Connelly Boulevard and Sterling Avenue in Sharon, will have served the community for 125 years come May 25.
Is our discourse healthy when we don’t see eye to eye in church?
“Animal House,” the old John Belushi film made famous for its adolescent debauchery and extraordinarily bad taste, is hardly a place I would expect to find pastoral insight. Recently, while channel surfing, I landed for a few moments on a scene that caught my attention one more time. Perhaps you know about it. (It’s not necessary for you to admit you do in order to keep reading.)
Day of Prayer services slated
The National Day of Prayer on Thursday will be observed in community services in Hermitage and Greenville.
Nursing home residents often know the joy Bible describes
All jobs require duties easier and more enjoyable than others. This applies to the clergy as well. Among the duties which are more difficult, not because they are tedious, but because they can be demanding even for some family members, is visiting nursing homes.
Parents who lose a child need to cry the tears, release the pain
“He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; ...” – Isaiah 53:3,4a NKJV
Israel to mark 65th birthday, a time to both lament, marvel
As you read this column, you will soon be exposed to the media coverage of the celebration of Israel’s 65th birthday.
Life is balancing act made easier by acknowledging God’s presence
Due to some challenging circumstances in my family, God has once again been showing me the need for balance in my life. Think about it, all in one day we fulfill numerous roles and if any one of them gets out of whack the whole cart gets upset.
At next funeral procession, show you have respect for final tribute
Virtually every day in our community, and sometimes several times a day, we see an ancient ritual happen before our eyes. The questions I ask are: Do we see it? Do we honor it? Does it make us stop and reflect?
Are you religious? Jesus might have a problem with you
Jesus was a prolific storyteller. One of Jesus’ more famous and scandalous stories is the parable of the Good Samaritan found in the Gospel according to Luke, chapter 10.
Stressed out? Troubles can be opportunities to grow in Christ
We are living in stressful times. There is much uncertainty in the world around us. Problems of all kinds can stress us out.
Jesus has solutions for our stress.
We may not like change but if it’s God-ordained it’ll be positive
It is said that if a buzzard is placed in a 6-by-8-foot pen with no top it will not be able to get out, because a buzzard always begins its flight with a 10- to 12-foot run. A bat placed on the ground will lie helplessly, unable to fly, because it always takes off from an elevated position. If a bumblebee is placed in an open jar it will eventually die there, unable to get out. It is unable to look up, and will always search sideways and down for a means of escape.
Thank God we are not like buzzards, bats or bumblebees.
You doing things good enough? How about if it were for Christ?
As a Christian, if everything I do is to serve the Lord Christ, can I afford to ever think about anything in my life as, “It’s good enough for who it’s for?”
‘Balkanization’ of nation at odds with logic, biblical teaching
The term “Balkanization” was coined at the beginning of the 20th century to describe how the Balkan region of Eastern Europe was divided during the previous century into hostile sub-group nations by politics, race, ethnicity and religion. The resulting powder keg led humanity into World War I.
School crises focus of chaplain seminar
The annual fire and police chaplain training seminar sponsored by the Hermitage Fire Department, Hermitage Police Department, and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hermitage is scheduled for May 6 and 7.
Hear what God calls you, not others, because a name matters
The names we speak, and the names we believe are important. We can open lives to the wonders of grace. Or we can close down a heart to the prisons of hell.
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