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Last week I shared urgent words and warnings from highly respected Christian leaders who encouraging a course of civil disobedience in the event that the Supreme Court soon moves to legalize same-sex marriage. In preparing for my column this week, I almost do not know where to begin. I have read so many grave, dark, and heavy news reports on the threat that faces marriage and religious freedom in America.
By Times Contributor, Janet Galyen On a warm September afternoon, 14 years ago, sunbeams broke through towering trees and spilled onto a private college campus in Southern Indiana. It was lunchtime. Hungry undergrads flooded the eateries and rendered the sidewalks picturesque and peaceful. It is hard to imagine this scene would be the setting for a bloody crime. But one person would interrupt the calm with absolute terror. Sarah,
Like you, I have read the Christmas story many times. I can almost quote it in the Old English of my grandmothers King James Bible. Joseph, Mary, Jesus, the wise men, the shepherds, and the star form a nativity scene in my mind as I recall the verses from the second chapter of Luke’s Gospel. Though many characters are mentioned in the Christmas story, it is the shepherds that have
First United Methodist Church in Manchester and Highland Baptist Church in Tullahoma will accept Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes Nov. 17-24. Hours for drop-offs at the Manchester location are 2-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday; 12:30 -2 p.m. Sunday and 10-11 a.m. on Nov. 24. First United Methodist Church is located at 105 Church St. Hours for the Tullahoma location is 4-6 p.m., Monday; 9-11 a.m., Tuesday; 4:30-8 p.m. Wednesday; 9-11
Ivy Bluff United Methodist Church will hold a consecration service on Sunday and an open house the following Sunday, Nov. 23 at the church’s new building, 8597 Ivy Bluff Road, Morrison. Ivy Bluff UMC was organized in 1899 with 16 charter members who initially worshiped in a log cabin until, according to the church’s website, the new church in 1905. Arson destroyed the building in 2012. The congregation met in
Several years back I attended a silly little party with a bunch of ladies who got together to watch the Miss America pageant. One of the contestants explained that the way she chose her evening gown was based upon what dress she would one day be able to proudly look back upon and show her son pictures of. Several at the party oohed and aahed; this virtuous contestant had quickly
Christmas lights are getting out of hand. I enjoy looking at Christmas lights as much as anyone, but Americans can turn anything into a competition. ABC television is airing a series this month called “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” Twenty families compete to see who can decorate their homes with the most extreme light display for Christmas. One week, the winning family had almost 1 million lights, including 2,400 strobe