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When our habits become spiritual

We moved to Oxford eight years ago so that I could be the college chaplain at Oxford College of Emory University. We left behind family ...

June 26, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Columnists


The Attitude of a Believer

There are so many people, places and stories that one could analyze regarding the attitude of a believer, yet this carefully chosen prophet provides a ...

June 07, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Columnists


Practice Makes…A Life!

It happens every year. A few hundred 19-and-20-year-olds make the transition from student to graduate at Oxford College. While this is not the end of ...

May 15, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Columnists


Take a moment to take a look

I love to watch people. We are super interesting. In the past few years people-watching has not been as entertaining as it used to be ...

May 15, 2016 | Andy Butts | Columnists


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


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Burnham: what’s your focus

What do you focus most on when you feel like you have been mistreated, wronged or bad things happen? What if you had the attitude, "God even in this, you are in it?" Oh, I know that would be hard to do. It would require us to look to and trust God completely. And don't think for a second there would not be times of hurting, disappointment. But God calls us not to pleasantry or success, but to his purpose.

This will include good and bad, fair and unfair times. I think of Joseph: a victim of his brother ...

November 08, 2012 | William Burnham | Columnists


Dees: A Biblical response to the election

Statistics show that 60 percent of church-goers voted for Mitt Romney on Tuesday. I am not sure how that number compares to people who read the religion section of The Covington News, but I would guess those numbers are similar. With that said, I would guess that three out of five of you who are reading this article were not pleased with this week's presidential election. Allow me in a few minutes to offer you some biblical wisdom on how any Christian should respond to Tuesday's events:

• Support the Winner - While I know many of you may disagree ...

November 08, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


McCoy: Remembering and celebrating

"You must bring your entirely burned offerings, your sacrifices, your tenth-part gifts, your contributions, your payments for solemn promises, your spontaneous gifts, and the oldest offspring of your herds and flocks to that place. You will have a feast there, each of you and your families, in the Lord your God's presence, and you will celebrate all you have done because the Lord your God has blessed you."

Deuteronomy 12:6-7

November 08, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


You decide 2012

In less than a week millions of Americans will take to the polls to decide whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney should be the most powerful man in the world for the next four years. People are saying this is the most important election of our lifetime. I seem to recall that being said of previous elections and I am sure it will be said in the future. My hope in this article is to push partisanship aside and to look at the three issues of this campaign from a biblical worldview perspective.

November 01, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


Keeping it real: really forgiven

Last week, I left you hanging. I spent 90 percent of my column showing you from God's word that regardless of what you might try to tell yourself - you don't deserve anything good. I know, that doesn't sound like a very nice thing to do. But the truth is - it's the truth. In fact, the wages of sin is death.

November 01, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


You’ve got mail

I found out about the stamp ministry a year ago through my mother who started collecting and cutting out used stamps from every piece of mail that comes to the house. She puts them in this little clear plastic baggie that hangs on the side of the refrigerator on a magnet. She then told me that I should start cutting and collecting used stamps because it is so easy to do and serves a good cause.

November 01, 2012 | Nhi Ho | Columnists


McCoy: God cares

"I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul."

November 01, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Just a thought: The four f's

The life of Solomon can be summed up in four words: Fame, fortune, females and failure. How does someone go from having it all to throwing it all away? Caution! It typically doesn't happen overnight. In fact, if we can learn anything from Solomon's saga, we will see two things: first, a steady decline happens slowly and as a result of a series of life course, destructive decisions. Solomon was so exposed to the things of God; he lost his sensitivity to them to the point of willfully ignoring them. He stopped taking God and the things of ...

November 01, 2012 | Dr. William Burnham | Columnists


Burnham: Sharing your thoughts

It is not always important for everyone to know everything you're thinking. However, it is important for us to know God always knows what we are thinking and feeling. And sometimes it is beneficial to both us and others to share in the right setting and with the right people our thoughts and feelings. Christians experience real pain, hurt, illness, confusion and discouragement. But with who and how we share these can make a world of difference. Bottling them up inside is just as harmful to us. So, what do we do with these real thoughts and feelings? 1 ...

October 25, 2012 | Staff Report | Columnists


Scharf: Just keeping it real

"Just keeping it real." I've learned to dread that statement, because it usually comes with something I'd rather not hear. You know, they say it's important for a public speaker to have a good critic - someone to honestly and objectively evaluate how you're communicating, what you're saying, all that. Well, God has certainly blessed me with that in my wife. You see... How can I put this? My wife doesn't worry about hurting my feelings when I ask how it went after I've preached. In fact, she tells me she wants to make ...

October 25, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Just a thought: Death

We don't like to talk about it, yet we have so many unanswered questions regarding it - death. What about it? God does not want us to be ignorant or unaware nor does the Bible shy away from the topic. In fact it directly answers many of our most common questions. While space does not permit us to do a full examination of the subject, we will deal with the two most important questions about death: 1. Does everyone die? Unless Jesus comes back first, yes, everyone has a date with death "...it is appointed for men to die once ...

October 18, 2012 | Dr. William Burnham | Columnists


Love speaks unconditionally

It was nearly 20 years ago now. My dad took the opportunity to speak to the court at the trial of the man who killed my sister, his daughter. You see, the man had gotten drunk...again, and gotten behind the wheel...again, even though his license had been taken away, even though he knew better, even though he had been warned and cited and told. All this my dad knew.

October 18, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


A condition of the heart

For the Scriptures say, "If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it."

October 18, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Community in churches

I don't know if you have noticed, but the idea of relationship is changing in the world. Due to the onslaught of social media and smartphones people have become less engaged in the broader community with diversity in age, race, and social class and more engaged with groups that share common ages and interests. In today's culture, there aren't even many avenues to engage with a broad and diverse culture. But fortunately, God has called the church to be such a blending of all types of people.

October 18, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


Just a thought: Accountability

One thing is for sure, we are all getting older. While this may be a fact, it doesn't have to be a negative one. I am certain we can all look back and voice some regrets: not taking this opportunity or making the wrong decision here or there. I wish I had done this instead of that, etc. If you were to read the book of Ecclesiastes, you would find Solomon's regrets and advice to the young. He regretted that he forsook his walk with God and forfeited so much that his life (as good as it may ...

October 11, 2012 | Dr. William Burnham | Columnists


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