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Religion

  • To practice religion is to engage with inconvenient truth

    In 2006, a documentary film, “Inconvenient Truth,” was presented at the Sundance Film Festival. To date, its message about global warming and the effects of climate change is both upsetting and challenging. It continues to be alternately accepted and denied as inconvenient truth. 

  • Blessings come in all sizes and shapes

    John O’Donahue wrote, “There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things; it presides everywhere, often in the places we least expect...something instinctive in us expects it.” His words brought me up short. It is not that I disbelieve what he stated. It is that I am often unaware of the blessings I have received in places I least expect.

  • Church briefs

    Gospel jubilee set

    The Winnabow Gospel Jubilee will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at Zion Baptist Church, N.C. 130 West in Ash. This is a free event.

    For those interested in singing or more information, call Billy Hill at 209-4927.

    Ladner to lead prayers

    Betty Ladner will be ministering prayer for the sick, jobless and those with addictions at Community Chapel, 569 Holden Beach Road (N.C. 130) in Shallotte, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17.

  • What a wonderful life: Make way for a gal from Grissettown

    The phone rang, jarring me from my typical summer mid-afternoon reverie, also known as a reviving nap. Without caller ID, I responded generically to the cheery, “Hi, how are you?” Thankfully, the woman at the other end of the phone mentioned her name. 

    “This is Lottie Howard. Are you busy on Sunday? I’m calling to ask you to come to the celebration of our 60th wedding anniversary...a year and two days late. Everyone will be there. Just come any time from noon to 5 p.m.”

  • It’s an elusive reality: What is the purpose of wealth?

    Wealth is an elusive reality. Typically, we think of folks with mega millions disclosed in a variety of homes, yachts, lavish vacations and lifestyles that defy description. We may also conjure images of Bill Gates or Warren Buffett and others of their ilk. More familiarly, the names of local philanthropists emerge, both with a smile and a tiny bit of envy or even rancor. 

  • Who is God and is God behind the big blue sky?

      Renowned religious educator Dolores Curran often commented: “We teach too much too soon and too little too late.” 

    She was referring to the ways in which we adults tried to pass on our faith, our beliefs, our denominational creeds to children and, by contrast, the methods we used to teach adults. 

  • Religion briefs

    Trinity UMC sets services

    On Sunday, Aug. 22, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport, the Rev. Gary Albertson’s sermon will be “Attitude: Sweet and Sour.”

  • The debt diet: What’s trust got to do with it?

    Some consider her the icon of the age and worship at her shrine. Others find her to be oppressively present. Oprah Winfrey is obviously an impressive force in promoting ideas, books and people. 

    One of her more recent ventures was a series that confronted the topic of a debt-ridden people and the impact this raging disease has had on society. The professionals Winfrey engaged as presenters challenged the debtors—and by extension all of us—to change lifestyles. 

  • Religion briefs

    WMU to have fellowship dinner

    All pastors and wives, WMU directors and husbands are invited to dinner and fellowship at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at Supply Baptist Church.

    The Rev. Larry Shreve, pastor of Open Door Baptist Ministries, and Tom Sherman, celebrate recovery director, will be guest speakers on a ministry sponsored by Open Door Ministry Church.

  • A new beginning: Churches are more than buildings

    Never was it more apparent that a church, all churches, are more than buildings than at the dedication of the new, renewed St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church. The entire sanctuary was filled to capacity with people who wanted to participate in the wonder of a project long in coming to fruition.