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Religion

  • ‘Here I am, Lord,’ was the cry and response at area church

    Recently, I attended the installation of the Rev. Rudra Ramphal as senior pastor of Brunswick Islands Baptist Church. It was a double pleasure, since Rudy was one of my students when I taught at Brunswick Community College. He was an outstanding student, a young man whose interest and enthusiasm made teaching a joy. I have been following his career ever since, so I could not miss this climatic moment in his faith journey.

  • Religion briefs

    ‘Empowered’ sermon set for April 18
    At New Ebenezer Faith Ministries, 1705 Southport-Supply Road in Bolivia, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, Bishop Ronnie McCray, pastor, will speak on “Let’s Be Empowered Together—Fire Come Down From Heaven, Catch On Fire” Acts 2.
    The Rev. Kathy Moore of Greater Tabernacle Longwood will be guest minister. Greater Tabernacle Longwood will render musical services.
    Women’s Night of Ministry is April 19

  • Resurrection is experienced when churches gather as one

    The Lenten season has ended. Christians are in the throes of Easter bliss. Resurrection is the name of the game. It calls us to a new awareness of life and love experienced as church.
    I’ve been pondering those words for a long time. What does it mean to call myself a religious person, a Christian? What does it mean to gather as church? Is it a Sunday-only party celebrated with those who share a common understanding of God? Is it an exclusive club whose membership is limited to those who follow the rules and regulations, who proclaim a specific doctrine or dogma?

  • Religion briefs

    Annie Armstrong Easter Dinner is April 7
    Each year, Baptist churches honor the life and work of Annie Walker Armstrong, as they give to the Annie Armstrong Easter offering for North American Missions. This offering is named after her because of her desire to share love and help people in her beloved country.

  • The mystery of dying and rising

    The Gospel presents us with a message that is hard to swallow and even harder to live.
    We are told some folks wanted to see Jesus. Obviously, that request was more than a simple desire to view a celebrity. Some folks had decided they were ready to meet, greet and hopefully follow this man who was a renowned healer, a man who seemed not to mind being with undesirable people.

  • Religion briefs

    Calabash Presbyterian sets services
    Calabash Presbyterian Church will celebrate Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m. April 5. Easter Sunday services will begin at 8 a.m. April 8 on Sunset Beach and at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Adult Sunday school is at 11 a.m.

  • The truth will set you free, if you choose to accept it

    I don’t know about you, but I have heard the words “the truth will set you free” many times in my life. Most often they fall from the lips of my darling husband as he both encourages and challenges me to speak truth to power. He also adds, “but it may hurt you in the meantime, for a little while.”
    That’s the part that puts fear into my heart. Who wants to hurt or be hurt? Who wants to feel the isolation and alienation that too often comes with speaking the truth? I surely don’t. I cringe at the possibility.

  • Religion briefs

    Psalm of the Cross begins April 19
    Anointed Vessels Ministry, 3272 Liberty St. in Ash, will present Psalm of the Cross, an all-new spring outdoor presentation, at 7:30 p.m. nightly April 19-23. Admission is free. Call 287-4267 for information and reservations. Visit anointedvesselsministry.org.

  • Ya gotta have heart! That’s the Lenten message

    Perhaps it comes as a result of seeing “Damn Yankees.” Or, maybe it was the way I was moved by viewing “The Ghosts Of Mississippi” a few days later, but all I can see and hear in the Scriptures, especially during Lent, is “heart!”

  • Religion briefs

    Spring concert and pancake dinner set
    Calabash Presbyterian Church will host the SBIC spring concert beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18. Local church choirs and groups, along with other area talent, will perform. A love offering will be taken and attendees are requested to bring non-perishable food items for the food pantry.