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Religion

  • Touch another’s wounds and be healed by love

    I have often read and as frequently led discussions on the scriptural account that portrays a doubting Thomas whose request to touch Jesus’ wounds is honored by the God-man who loves him. Always, there would be much talk about the reality that doubt exists whether we admit it or not. There would be acknowledgment that none of the apostles was devoid of doubt, but that Thomas was open and honest about his predicament. Then we’d continue to probe the Scriptures for other bits of transformative grace until the session ended.

  • Religion briefs

    Sons of God anniversary set for Nov. 17
    Sons of God will celebrate its second anniversary beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Hoopers’ Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. For more information, call Taraus Deas at 398-2570 or Janice Deas at 200-7886. Come out and see what God is doing with and through these young men.
    Kalaman to perform Nov. 18 in Sunset Beach

  • God’s unexpected presence is found in surprising encounters

    I recently received a copy of “Unexpected Presence: Twelve Surprising Encounters With The Divine Spirit,” edited by David Fortier. Usually, I find a series of this sort interesting but not particularly inspiring or moving. I prefer a single author and a longer, more detailed account that unfolds more elaborately…a novel versus short stories.
    This book proved to be an exception to that rule. The contents of each tale intrigued me and caused me to meditate on times when I had experienced the unexpected presence of God, a surprise of time, place and people.

  • Religion briefs

    Gospel sing is Nov. 4
    Oak Grove Baptist Church on Holden Beach Road will host a gospel sing at 6 p.m. Nov. 4. Special guests will be the River Town Boys from Conway, S.C. Everyone is invited.

    Celebration set for Nov. 17
    Sons of God will celebrate its second anniversary at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Hooper’s Chapel in Leland. Come celebrate with us.

  • Finding gaps that threaten our wholeness—and closing them

    I was born and reared in New England at a time when denominations did not mix and the word ecumenism was not in the dictionary.
    If it was, no one mentioned it. Interfaith dialogue was equally foreign. We all remained firmly ensconced in our own enclaves, fortified by our particular code, creed and cult.
    It was understandable I had never heard the phrase, “stand in the gap.” Never heard it, that is, until I moved south.

  • Religion briefs

    Fall craft fair and lunch set for Nov. 3
    Calabash Presbyterian Church will host a fall craft fair in its fellowship hall at 8820 Old Georgetown Road in Sunset Beach from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. The event will feature handcrafted fall and Christmas items, homemade baked goods. Lunch will be available. Come and get started on Christmas shopping at the CPC fall craft fair.

  • Brunswick County is called to take care of our own

    I am not an advocate of early morning meetings. I understand their necessity for those who are working or have heavy schedules, but I am simply less than functional in the early hours of the day.
    So, it was with some degree of reluctance, if not mixed emotions, that I accepted an invitation for Hubby Dear and me to attend a breakfast event hosted by Brunswick Family Assistance.
    H.D. asked his usual questions: “Why were we invited?” “What’s it all about, anyway?” “Who’s going to be there?”

  • Students compete in Bible Quiz Bowl

    SOC (Save Our Community) conducted its fifth Youth Bible Quiz Bowl on Sept. 29 at First Baptist Church in Southport. The program opened with the song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with deacon Norman Jones serving as master of ceremonies.

  • Religion briefs

    Coat closet to open Oct. 23, seeks coats
    The St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church’s Neighbor to Neighbor Coat Closet Outreach program will open Tuesday,
    Oct. 23. Hours will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays.
    Donations of warm, gently used adult and children’s coats will be accepted. Vouchers will be needed in order to receive a coat. Make arrangements by calling the church office at 754-9313.

  • To be unbroken, one must first experience brokenness

    Hubby Dear gasped as he watched me turn page after page of Lauren Hillebrand’s book, “Unbroken.”
    My interest was unending and consuming. I had enjoyed her first work, “Seabiscuit,” but this one had me spellbound and deeply saddened. I was totally unaware of the atrocities endured by the POWs during World War II. My respect for and admiration of the veterans of that, and other wars, deepened exponentially.