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Religion

  • 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: 

  • Thirty-one years ago it was a dream; today, it’s a reality

         

      

     They dreamed the impossible dream and now the Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, incorporated on April 26, 1979, proudly celebrates the fruition of that vision. 

  • New book offers spiritual guidance, calls to action

     Twelve chapters long, “Loving Creation: Christian spirituality, earth-centered and just” by Kathleen Fischer can well serve as the Ten Commandments for the 21st century and beyond. 

    As I began my reading, it became quickly obvious this would not be a volume one might casually peruse. Although the information was not new to me, the text continues to demand serious thought, contemplation, reflection and, ultimately, action.

  • There is but one message shaped by a thousand voices

    A few weeks ago, my husband and I preached a sermon on unity. We did it together, a sort of Huntley/Brinkley approach; a unique experience for us and likely for the congregation, to be sure.
    Despite our commonality, as indicated in our identical Myers-Briggs designation, we have different approaches to life, diverse philosophies and often obviously opposite tastes in reading material. It was in the midst of those diversities our unity was apparent.

  • I will waste some time and get to know God

        

    In our house, waste is sinful. We do not waste paper or food, water or fuel, money or talents. Everything is put to good use. We scrimp and save, cut coupons (well, I do!) and search for bargains. Trips to town are strategically mapped to afford the most return for the least amount of energy. Even vacations are plotted and planned to the minute. 

  • ‘Wit’ gives us life at full dose; learning about living while dying

    I cried when I first viewed 99 power-packed minutes of “Wit,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson made into a 2001 HBO movie.
    I thought my tears would end with the final scene of the movie that tracked the last days of Vivian Bearing, Phd., a professor of English whose academic life revolved about the works of John Donne, particularly the holy sonnet “Death Be Not Proud.” But, I was wrong! Tears flowed as abundantly when I saw the film again, this time with my companion chaplains at Brunswick Community Hospital.

  • A restless heart needs recreation—find rest with God

     Have you ever had a day when nothing seemed to ease the spirit? Have you ever experienced a deep-down restlessness that remained unappeased by all efforts to center oneself in calm and quiet, freed from the anxiety of life’s stressors? If not, you may be superhuman or in grand denial!

  • Ministry to be at Hickmans Crossroads

    Jesus is the Way Ministry will give away food and clothes for the needy from 10 a.m-5 p.m. this Saturday at 1050 Calabash Road, Hickmans Crossroads.