Greetings and Salutations! by Theresa Jennings

Greetings and Salutations! by Theresa Jennings

How do you greet a family member, good friend, or fellow church member? Do you greet them  with a smile or hug? Often we in the south inquire either sincerely or by rote, “How are you doing?” (How ya doin?) or “Doing OK”? If you are sincerely...
Becoming the Solution by Catherine Denman

Becoming the Solution by Catherine Denman

When my daughter was born, I felt like my community was changing. We had been a part of an amazing Sunday School class filled with other young couples with young children, but three of the couples soon moved away and my husband took a position at a different church. I...
Elder Abuse by Dr. Jim Lewis

Elder Abuse by Dr. Jim Lewis

On July 1, my wife and I made an emergency trip to a small community in Arkansas to relocate my sister who had become a victim of elder abuse. The short story is that my sister required living assistance following the death of her husband three years ago. She suffered...
Sacrificial Giving By Carmen Anderson

Sacrificial Giving By Carmen Anderson

Christmas is certainly the time of year when giving is uppermost in our minds. We have our lists of names consisting of family, friends, school teachers, music teachers, soccer coaches, yardmen, babysitters, etc. We want to remember everyone who has contributed to our...
Sing! by John N. Avis

Sing! by John N. Avis

In a recent New York Times article, Linda Ronstadt talks about why we sing. “For the same reasons birds do,” she says, “for a mate, to claim their territory or simply give voice to being alive in the midst of a beautiful day. They sing so coming generations won’t...
Muslims among Us by Dr. Jim Lewis

Muslims among Us by Dr. Jim Lewis

Recently our church has experienced in-depth discussions about other religions.  One of the most important religions for us to understand is Islam.  Internationally the number of Muslims will be about the same as the number of Christians after 2050.  Islam is the...

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