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Simple Directions

In my elementary years, when it is was time for the rambunctious class to put together a notebook with correctly labeled dividers, or to create ...

May 01, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Columnists


Living Sacrifice

Romans 12:1-2 says,"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and ...

April 24, 2016 | Andy Butts | Columnists


Discipline makes a difference

As a child, the fear of being caught breaking a rule was more inherent to me as morality. When I was faced with an opportunity ...

April 17, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Columnists


Praying Means Paying Attention

I just completed a four year term on Oxford's city council. It was something I never thought I would do. My name is Lyn ...

April 10, 2016 | Rev. Lyn Pace | Columnists


Stop holding on to your hurt and pride

Sometimes when I preach, I will write a sermon and never use it. God will change what I preach about at, what seems like, the ...

April 02, 2016 | Andy Butts | Columnists


Influence of music

Music - a constant variable of human culture - directly effects our youth, and more so than you might realize.

March 27, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Columnists


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Jan McCoy: Dealing with the falls

1 Peter 3:15b-16 "And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ."

May 26, 2011 | Jan McCoy Columnist | Columnists


Scharf: Fire in a Christian’s heart, Part II

Last week we wrestled with the question of how we know if our faith is strong. We empathized with those disciples on the road to Emmaus on Easter Sunday evening (Luke 24:13-35) shaken to their very core, doubting everything they thought they believed. But then Jesus came along and showed them who he was.

May 26, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Dale: 400 years of authority

This year marks the 400th anniversary of King James of England authorizing the translation of the Bible commonly known as the King James Version. He commissioned six committees (42 men, no women) to come up with a common translation of the Bible that would be the standard text of the realm. Their work began in 1604 and was completed in 1611.

May 20, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Grace Notes: The fire in a Christian’s heart!

So how long did your Easter high last? Do you know what I'm talking about - that rush of spirituality that just seems to be in the air around Easter - with all the special music and the attention to religion given - even on TV? It all comes together to get the Christian's heart burning with excitement, with love, with joy and hope.

May 20, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Grace Notes: He lives to give proof

Every year, Easter is such a high, singing hymns celebrating the victory Jesus has won for us. I pray you had a chance to get to church and enjoy the excitement of joining with others celebrating the gift of life we've been given.

May 12, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


About Faith: Finding yourself

I am Sue's husband. I am David's father, and Dorothy's son. I am Allen Memorial's pastor and Dan's friend.

May 12, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


About Faith: The battered oak

I remember a tree house that my older brother and his friends once built overlooking the creek near our elementary school.

May 06, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Grace Notes: Do not be afraid!

Last week, we noticed the difference between the soldiers (Jesus' enemies) and the women (Jesus' friends) at the tomb that first Easter Sunday morning. The soldiers fainted in fear. The women listened to God's word and found joy. Here's Matthew 28:5: "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay."

May 06, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


What should a Christian think about capital punishment?

A great sigh of relief swept through our nation on Sunday night as President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been found and killed in a covert military raid.

May 05, 2011 | By Jason Dees Columnist | Columnists


Grace Notes: Do not be afraid!

Franklin Delano Roosevelt said that "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Yeah right. Try telling that to the man being mauled by a bear, or the woman about to be hit by a car, or anyone facing a life-threatening danger. Just telling them they don't have to fear it doesn't quite do the job.

April 29, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


About Faith: Tomb for sale

"For Sale: one empty tomb, like new, sure to increase in value. Make offer."

April 28, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


About Faith: It's Friday

Christian writer, preacher and teacher Tony Campolo famously tells a wonderful story of a "preach off" in which he competed with several pastors in his predominantly African-American church.

April 22, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Grace Notes: Good Friday: The Door to Paradise

It's Good Friday, the pivotal date in world history.

April 22, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Grace Notes: Forsaken by God

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?"

April 15, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Grace Notes: Christ conquers our selfishness!

What's your problem?

April 08, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


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