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Owens: Purging Perjury

My four-year-old has a very vivid imagination and coming from a family of intellectuals and creatives, my wife and I try to allow space for ...

March 26, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion


Redman: Closer than a brother

How close are you willing to get with people?

March 12, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Butts: A quick lesson in geometry and God

"Where are you at right now?" This is a question I often ask myself. I am not talking about physically; I don't get lost ...

March 05, 2017 | Andy Butts | Religion


Owens: Showing true hospitality

One of the proudest parts of my life after being a husband, father and pastor is being an educator. I currently serve as a physical ...

February 26, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion


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Pace: What Should I Give Up This Year?

Valentine's Day has come and gone, and the stores have already put out their Peeps and Cadbury Eggs in anticipation of Easter. Before we get to Easter, though, I invite you to join me in a tradition of the Christian community that asks us to be intentional with our lives in a way that we often aren't the rest of the year.

February 19, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Pace: What should I give up this year?

Valentine's Day has come and gone, and the stores have already put out their Peeps and Cadbury Eggs in anticipation of Easter. Before we get to Easter, though, I invite you to join me in a tradition of the Christian community that asks us to be intentional with our lives in a way that we often aren't the rest of the year.

February 19, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Redman: Make a Difference

Earlier in the week I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed when I stumbled across an article that subjected 12 types of horrible youth pastors you will find in churches today. Since pastoring youth is something I do on a daily basis, naturally I was curious to read. The article started off amusing as the writer ripped into the youth pastor who is too competitive and always having sports in his program. Another youth pastor is drumming everything up into an excitement and hype to lure students in. He harped on what he called, "More Degrees than Fahrenheit," describing ...

February 12, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Jordan: Measuring our goals for the new year

So we have had a month to see how our "new starts" have fared, and if studies are correct, most of those new starts are old news for most people. I have never been big on New Year's Resolutions. Is it laziness? Maybe. Or maybe it is my lack of interest in fading trends. Either way, I do hope that each year I have improved in some way, and of particular importance to me, that I have grown closer to who God wants me to be.

January 29, 2017 | Kasey Carty Jordan | Religion


Keep America Great

This week has placed us at two distinct ends of the American spectrum. At the beginning of the week we celebrated the most iconic figure of civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Friday, we experienced the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, who over the weekend attacked another civil rights icon and rep from the great state of Georgia, Congressman John Lewis. This places us in a conundrum because we find a president who based his candidacy on the premise that America was a Christian nation that had fallen into obscurity at the hands of ...

January 22, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion


Eastridge prepares for first service in new location

Eastridge Community Church will hold its first service in its new Jackson Lake Campus building at 14200 Highway 36 Feb. 12 at 10:45 a.m. The campus currently meets at Alcovy High School on Sunday mornings.

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Religion


Pace: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Beloved Community

I try to write these monthly articles with a good thought in mind or something that helps us engage meaning-making. This month is certainly no different, but instead of using my own words as encouragement or motivation I want to invite you to a couple of events that have inspired me so over the last eight years that I've lived here and help move me in the direction of King's vision for the beloved community.

January 15, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Redman: Never give up

It was 12 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2017 when I received the well-predicted "Happy New Year's!" texts that people were eagerly waiting to send with their thumbs on the tab.

January 15, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Reflecting on 42 years of ministry

As the Rev. Hezekiah Benton sat in his now partially empty office, he leaned back far into his reclining chair behind his desk and looked up longingly at the ceiling.

January 07, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Religion


Redman: What can forgiveness do for us

This article is written to give a perspective of what forgiveness can do for us, and hopefully encourage us to forgive others in our life. Perhaps forgiveness is so powerful because it is often the most difficult thing to do. Naturally, when we have been wronged, we want to see payback. When someone has hurt us, we want to see that person suffer as well, we want to totally disconnect with that person, or we might just hold an inner grudge. Like the popular saying goes, "forgive but not forget."

December 19, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Pace: Waiting, Watching, Wonder

I remember how I felt as a child when Christmas Eve would roll around every year. It was magical. In the earlier years of my life as my family and I would travel across town from one family gathering to the next, I would look up at the sky and think to myself, "I wonder if I'll see the sleigh this year." As I grew into my pre-teen and teenage years and was began focusing more on the religious significance of Christmas as a Christian, I started paying attention to the stars in the sky. "How brilliant that it ...

December 12, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Change isn’t that bad

Life changes all the time. We change homes. We change jobs. We change clothes. We change a lot of things. Some of us like change and some don't. Change can be exciting and scary, bad or good. It seems we have experienced a lot of change lately.

December 04, 2016 | Andy Butts | Religion


Owens: In the middle of It

January to November has been a long stretch. We've seen a lot of things happen, some good and some bad. From bombings overseas, Brexit, and the Summer Olympics, the passing of Harper Lee, David Bowe, Prince Rodgers Nelson, Muhammad Ali, and Gene Wilder as well as the ever-tiring, and gruesome presidential debate that led to Donald Trump becoming the President-Elect. It has been a long year already for everyone. The Thanksgiving holiday marks the beginning of the "holiday" season. It is during this time of relaxation, reflection and jolly that studies have also shown mark a rise in alcoholism ...

November 26, 2016 | Chip Owens | Religion


Grateful for community

This semester at Oxford College I've been teaching my first solo course. Housed in American studies, "Understanding Community: Oxford Encountering Oxford," is a course that engages students in the critical exploration of the concept of community. They do this so they begin to formulate their own ideas of community, identify various structures of belonging in communities, and develop a deeper understanding of multiple communities to which they have been and are connected. We've talked about communities of origin, the Oxford campus community, virtual communities, communities of self-interest, intentional communities and we've especially focused on the City of ...

November 20, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Crocheting for a cause

The women of the Crochet Ministry of Grace United Methodist Church are busy working to create handmade gifts for the sick members of the church.

November 20, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | Religion


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