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Make Jewish cuisine part of your Passover

To cook up a traditional, juicy, slow-roasted brisket for Passover, which begins Monday, April 14, it may not be known that a staple ingredient is usually ketchup, beer or Coca Cola. Passover can be summed up as a time to tell stories and eat. To tell the story of how the Hebrew slaves left Egypt in such haste they didn't have time to put yeast in their bread, scared the Pharaoh would change his mind, letting it cook on their backs into unrisen, cracker-like matzoh. To eat in celebration and symbolism of their release from slavery and the parting ...

April 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | RELIGION


History of Passover celebrations

Every year Jewish people celebrate Passover, a commemoration of the liberation of the Jews from slavery under Egyptian leaders.

April 12, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Defending belief in Christian film 'God's Not Dead'

How far would you go to defend your faith? That's the central question in the new Christian film "God's Not Dead," debuting at 600 screens across the country this weekend, including Conyers Carmike Cinema Crossroads 16.

March 20, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Thoughts from the road

Dear readers: For the last 10 years, I have been the guy on call to be there for people when they're going through tragedy. I've tried to comfort them with God's Word as they mourn the loss of a loved one, face uncertain surgeries, and deal with pain in so many different ways.

February 27, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


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No room at the inn

One of the troubling facts of the first Christmas account is the incredulous report that Immanuel, God with us, would be born in a stable because there was "no room for them in the inn," (Luke 2:7).

Amazing. The most important event in human history was transpiring, and it is happening in a barn. Let that sink in for a moment. We tend to glamorize it today. We picture it as a quaint, quite comfortable setting today. We forget that it was a smelly, dirty and really quite uncomfortable situation for a young couple about to give birth to ...

December 22, 2008 | Dr. John Pearrell | RELIGION


Four tickets to Christmas

 Step into the. Rev. Greg Steele's church office and you'll find stacks of parasols, pitch forks and Viking hats. He is getting ready for the second annual Covington Christmas musical, "Four Tickets to Christmas," presented by the First Baptist Church Music and Drama Ministries at the Eastside High School auditorium on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m., Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The admission is free, but the doors open one hour prior to show times and the 500 seat capacity theater is expected to fill quickly.

December 15, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Our thoughts...Lifetime commitment

In Friday's edition of The Covington News, we informed readers that the ailing economy seems to even be affecting pets. Teri Key-Hoosen, director of Newton County Animal Control, said animal control has seen increased instances of dogs and cats wandering the streets as well as locked into abandoned homes and yards - half-starved - as a result of people losing their homes and jobs.

 In many cases these animals are too far gone to be rescued and have to be put down.

December 10, 2008 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Through the fire

April 9, 1987, is a day that the Rev. Jerry Jones and his family will never forget.

December 07, 2008 | By Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


From motel to ministry

On Jan. 28 of this year, a new church was born in Covington. Pastors David and Sonya Burnett of the Living Stones Christian Fellowship, a non-denominational church, held their first Sunday services at 4 p.m. at the Super 8 Hotel on Alcovy Road with standing room only.

When the meeting room was not available for a morning service, LSCF and handful of supporters moved next door to the Fountain Banquet Hall when attendance began to drop off because the meeting room was not available for a morning service. With the new service times, at 9 a.m. Sundays, the ...

December 01, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Spreading the Good News

The historic Bethabara Missionary Baptist Church Inc. is a community on a hill, both figuratively and physically. Established in May 1888, it has overlooked eight acres on Ga. Highway 36 for more than a century. A second structure was built on the same property in 1960 that currently houses the sanctuary, Sunday school rooms and administrative offices. Known as a friendly church, it has grown both spiritually and financially under the leadership of the Rev. Carl H. Jones, pastor of BMBC.

November 24, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


What’s a Lutheran?

Do you know how many times I've been asked that question? "What's a Lutheran?" According to ASARB, as of 2000, the percentage of the population in Newton County that called themselves Lutheran was right about zero. Of course, that was well before Abiding Grace started, but still, I was pretty surprised to see that statistic. But the more I talked to people, and the more I told them that I was from Abiding Grace LUTHERAN Church, the more I realized that that statistic was pretty close to right on.

November 10, 2008 | the Rev. Jonathan E. Scharf Abiding Grace Lutheran Church | RELIGION


Deliverance abounding

Empowering the family for the future is one of the goals of Set Free Healing Deliverance Church located at 1487 Mount Zion Road in Oxford. The Prophetess Olivia Holmes, pastor of SFHD Church, learned to have a heart for ministry and the community by watching her mother's example.

November 10, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


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