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Religion

  • 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. 

  • Gratitude is an attitude that evokes graciousness

     We are in the dog days of August. It is that time of year when the heat and humidity raises havoc with the psyche. Add the lurking possibility of a third “h”—hurricane—to the mix and gratitude is most uncommon. 

  • Laughter is an infectious disease; it’s catching

     Hubby Dear sometimes comments we two are the town clowns. He opines folks invite us to parties because we invariably provide entertainment. I am not convinced he is correct in his assessment, but I do know laughter has always been good for our souls, and even our bodies.

    Over the years, I have known the joy of laughter. Sometimes, it bubbles up when I least expect the sound. It diffuses anger and heightens gladness. It softens the edge of sorrow and puts a sparkle in tearfulness. Most importantly, it is an infectious disease. 

  • Are we enjoying communication or simply evoking contact?

     They are everywhere. I see them glued to people’s ears. I see them circling cheeks. I see their containers stuck in belts and protruding from pockets. I hear their ringtones in the midst of worship services, concerts, graduations, meetings—despite the constant plea, “Please turn off your cellphones and pagers.”

    The disturbance is not simply that they are ubiquitous. It is a deeper issue. Electronic devices, cell phones in particular, are becoming—if they have not already become—an entry into an insidiously insular existence.

  • Psalmos Music School planned for July 19-22 at Mount Olive

     The 2010 Psalmos Music School will take place July 19-22 at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Bolivia.

    The Rev. Anthony Clemmons also announced this year’s music school instructors would include multiple Grammy nominee and Dove Award winner The Nelons from Jacksonville, Fla.

    The program is for those who enjoy gospel music and would like to learn more about developing harmonic and rhythmic skills, vocal technique and song writing. Classes are on Monday through Wednesday evening as follows: