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Religion

  • There is grave importance to asking questions

    If there is one thing that distinguishes Hubby Dear and marks his life, it is his ability to ask questions, many questions. He loves to ask questions because they lead him to an ever-deepening understanding of himself and others. They are his entry into interesting dialogue and his way of honoring the wonder of each individual.
    We love to tell our stories, to have them heard and affirmed. In the narration something magical happens, both to taleteller and listener. The stories extend beyond conversation and become vehicles for transformation.

  • Giving thanks stirs the heart and fills the spirit with love

    When late November looms and the air grows chill, even in the sunny South, I become more meditative. I am drawn to thankfulness.
    Hubby Dear quickly reminded me that Meister Eckhart, a German theologian trained in Paris, wrote: “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” So this year I thought I’d invite folks to join me in contemplation of gratitude.

  • Religion briefs

    Program encourages Bible-reading
    The Bible is the best-selling book in history, but how many people in our area are actually reading it? A Gallup survey reports the average American household has four Bibles; however, research found that only 16 percent of Americans read the Bible every day.

  • 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?”