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The night they tried to fire the preacher

We moved away from the ranch when my mother married my stepfather. For 10 years, I lived in Largo, Florida, an exploding suburb of St. Petersburg. It was at the First Baptist Church of Largo that I made my profession of faith and was … more

Church News: Friday, March 16, 2018

Antioch United Methodist Church, 4040 Dubose Siding Road, announces: * Sunday - United Methodist Women anniversary celebration at 4 p.m. The Rev. Fadetra Harrington-Boyd, pastor of Springhill and New Haven United Methodist Church, Bishopville, … more

Church News: Friday, March 9, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday - An "Evening of Elegance" from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ruach, 245 Oswego Highway. Formal attire. Tickets are $10. Bethel AME Church, 1605 S.C. 261, Wedgefield, announces: * Sunday - … more

We are different, we are the same . . . look for it

We are different. We have different skin tones, different facial features. Northerners sound funny to Southerners; Southerners sound funny to Northerners. Some have hair, others (like me) have beautiful scalps, free from follicle interference. … more

No matter how inept we feel, God is working in us

You got up this morning and, if you are like most Americans, you set about working. Your work may be behind a desk or in front of a child's high chair, but whatever it is, you've put forth an effort, and this day will be remembered - in large part - … more

Church News: Friday, March 2, 2018

Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 4319 Rowe Drive, Summerton, announces: * Sunday, March 11 - The trustee's 21st anniversary celebration at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ranzy McFadden will speak. High Hills AME Church, 6780 Meeting House Road, Dalzell, … more

Excuse me, could you help me find a church?

I know a couple who is searching for a church to attend. I thought I might use this column to help them out. She is looking for a church with traditional values - an established congregation with a welcoming spirit. He would like a church with a … more

Let Jesus take your blindness, heal the wounds

I got my first pair of contacts in the seventh grade. They were (and still are) the old-fashioned rigid plastic kind. The optometrist emphasized to me over and over, "These must be kept clean." Have you ever seen a 12-year-old boy keep anything … more

Church News: Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday - Black history program at 3 p.m. James L. Felder will speak. Bethel AME Church, 1605 S.C. 261, Wedgefield, announces: * Sunday - Black history observance, fill a pew and soul … more

Believers lost a great evangelist, but we share the 'same God'

The indelibility of revered evangelist Billy Graham this week was expected as was the response of many in the Christian community: sadness, gratitude, ruminations of the type of heavenly reception Graham was receiving. There is not likely a … more

When Billy Graham said 'No'

Billy Graham was a son of the segregated South. He grew up, as did I, with signs declaring "Whites Only" and "No Colored Served Here." Division by race was the abnormal accepted thing. It was understood that black people who showed up at "white" … more

Billy, Bobby and the Gospel: Legendary Yankees 2nd baseman from Sumter remembers his friend, famous evangelist

Bobby Richardson recently visited Billy Graham for the last time with his wife and granddaughter. Graham could barely see. He could not hear well, but the friend of the Sumterite and former New York … more

Pray for God to show how to help shooting victims

Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine's Day this year but also tragically a school shooting in Florida in which 17 people were killed. It's one of the deadliest school shootings in history. A day that celebrates love will be marred by this unthinkable … more

We have met the enemy, and he is us - we must stop

How many more times must this be breaking news? A disgruntled former student, who was identified as a threat, took an AR-15 into his old school, opened fire and killed 17. They went to school that … more

Church News: Feb. 16, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, Feb. 25 - Black history program at 3 p.m. James L. Felder will speak. Bethel AME Church, 1605 S.C. 261, Wedgefield, announces: * Sunday, Feb. 25 - Black history observance, fill … more

We all use four-letter words - even God

There is nothing better than a tangerine. When I grew up, down behind the barn, along the fence line of the lot, there were three big tangerine trees. There is no telling how old those trees were. When tangerines were in season, we'd take a break, … more

Love because He first loved you

I'm at the age when younger couples have started asking me advice on marriage. This is a very strange realm of influence to be in because 1) I feel woefully under qualified to give such, and 2) I want to think I'm still in the throes of youth, made … more

Church News: Feb. 9, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday - Elmina Castle and the Slave Trade dvd/video will be shown at 10 a.m. followed by a black history quiz bowl at 12:30 p.m. * Sunday, Fe. 25 - Black history program at 3 p.m. James … more

Jesus talks to outsiders; Jesus talks to insiders

There are always outsiders who don't quite fit in. Outsiders may be outside by an inch: An odd quirk keeps them out of the inner circle. Outsiders may be outside by a mile: Their skin is the wrong color, or their religion is wrong, or their culture … more

Trust God enough to ask for what you need

When you are a new believer and you read Jesus' words, "Ask and it will be given; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open to you," it sounds like magic. Ask for what I want? Answers given whenever I seek? Closed doors opening? This … more
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