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Religion

  • 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.

  • Sweet mystery of life resonates in the spirit

    If you are my age, and I suspect many are, you are familiar with the poignant song, “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life.”
    I remember the first time I heard it. A blind man was bent over the piano pouring his heart into the keys, it seemed. Surely, he felt the mystery of being sightless in a sighted society. It was obvious that he knew well the longing, seeking, striving, waiting, yearning. He understood the burning hopes, the joy and idle tears that fall.

  • Religion briefs

    Revival features musical guests
    Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 2000 Zion Hill Road in Bolivia, will host a revival, “Hold on tight to your faith,” March 12-16 featuring various musical guests each night. Services will be at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The Rev. James Smith of Mount Calvary No. 2 in Brooksville, S.C., will be the guest minister of the week.