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Religion

  • What does it mean, what will it take, to love without exception?

    I wasn’t there. I didn’t see for myself, experience for myself, the wonder of Jack Jezreel’s prophetic call for the parishioners of St. Brendan Church and the people of Brunswick County.
    I feel a bit like Paul, the letter writer of the Christian Scriptures. He also was not there in the physical company of Jesus of Nazareth. He did not see or experience for himself the power of Jesus’ presence among the people of Jerusalem and its environs. Yet, he felt the call and command of Jesus’ message witnessed in his words and works viewed from afar.

  • Church honors Ross for service

    STAFF REPORT

    BOLIVIA—Mount Olive Baptist Church in Bolivia will continue to honor retired pastors in the area during its Sunday, Oct. 23, evening service at 7 p.m. This month the church will honor the Rev. Jason Ross.

    As a young man Ross was called to preach the Gospel. After serving in the Army, He felt in his heart it was now or never to answer the call to preach.
    He attended Wake Forest University for two years and then enrolled in the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY. While in school he was the pastor to two small churches.

  • Bazaar includes breakfast and barbecue

    Sharon United Methodist Church will have its annual bazaar Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, on the church grounds on Holden Beach Road. There will be about 20 tents erected to house all the goodies, such as fried bananas, baked goods and canned goods.
    This year is the 16th bazaar and could be the largest yet if Sharon gets the support from the community, members and friends. The church’s new worship center was built primarily with money raised from these annual bazaars and periodic dinners.

  • No longer silent: The empowerment of women in the Gospels

    When I was asked to read Susan Dehn Matthews book, “No Longer Silent: The Empowerment of Women in the Gospels,” I had no idea I would be embarking on a journey with a visionary and prophet. The trip is wild and wonderful, for those who wish to expand their comprehension of Scriptural vignettes beyond a literal translation and beyond a “reasonable” one.

  • Religion briefs

    Church has revival
    Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 2000 Zion Hill Road in Bolivia, will have a revival Oct. 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The Rev. Darryl Hardy of St. John MBC will be guest minister. His theme will be “But God” (Ephesians 2:4-6).
    Musical guests will perform each night, including: Wednesday, Zion Hill; Thursday, Pleasant Hill; Friday, St. John MBC of Chadbourn.
    Donations for the free winter giveaway are now being accepted. Drop-off box is at 2000 Zion Hill Road in Bolivia, behind the cafe.

  • Lessons offered by the life and death of Steve Jobs

    The media—print, radio and television—was flooded with coverage of the death of a brilliant man whose life was made ever more real in his death. I am a Macintosh fan, cannot say aficionado, since I rarely do more than word processing and emailing. Occasionally I’ll surf the net, but I do not possess an iPhone, iPad, iPod or any other Apple product. I’ve only taken a small bite out of the apple.

  • Religion briefs

    Church plans gospel jubilee
    New Life Baptist Church of Winnabow, 5420 Ocean Hwy. East in Winnabow, will host Brunswick Gospel Jubilee at
    7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. Enjoy gospel music from near and far. Refreshments and fellowship to follow. Call Billy Hill at 209-4927.

  • Beauty is in the ‘aye’ of the beholder

    Weeks have passed since I viewed the movie “The Help” and subsequently read the book. The content of both continues to plague me. I cannot get the characters out of my head. I relive the events daily, wondering what they and I have in common. Finally, it dawned on me. I had been repeating the marvelous words of affirmation given to a not-so-slim little girl who sensed her mother’s dismay, if not disapproval.

  • Save Our Community hosts Youth Bible Quiz Bowl

    SOC (Save Our Community) hosted its fourth Youth Bible Quiz Bowl on Sept. 10 at St. James AMEZ Church in Southport.
    The program opened with the song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Deacon Norman Jones served as master of ceremony; Robin Bernard (Friendship Baptist Church) read the scripture from Matthew 19:14-19; and TyQuan Brown (First Baptist Church) prayed.

  • Religion briefs

    Bless your pet service is Oct. 1
    St. Paul’s Anglican Church is sponsoring the “Blessing of the Animals” from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Calabash EMS, 9031 Beach Drive SW (across from Ace Hardware).