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Pace: Welcome to [the responsibility of] the faith…

Baptism in the Christian faith, certainly in the United Methodist tradition, is an initiation rite that welcomes the person being baptized into the community of ...

August 20, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


New Leadership: Covington Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

COVINGTON, Ga. - Joshua H. Kirkham, a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, accepted a call to serve on March 5 ...

August 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Religion


Redman: An Unchanging God

Through history we see world powers shift and change along with the balance of leading nations, which becomes undoubtedly inevitable as time goes on.

August 13, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


World's largest whoopee cushion attempted Saturday

COVINGTON, Ga. - First Baptist Church of Covington attempted to break a world record Saturday on the Covington Square with a 25-foot whoopee cushion.

August 07, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Religion


Butts: It isn’t easy being obedient

Growing up I loved songs like "Fight the Power," "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right to Party," "I Fought the Law," "Anarchy in the U ...

August 06, 2017 | Andy Butts | Religion


Jordan: Changing your ‘would-haves’ into action

I have always been an avid reader. Historical literature is one of my favorite genres, and as a child I read every book about the ...

July 30, 2017 | Kasey Jordan | Religion


Owens: Let's not go Dutch

As an 80s baby, I remember a very popular show called "Love Connection" where a person would watch three video introductions and choose a date ...

July 23, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion


Pace: What Makes a Good Community?

I recently had the grand opportunity to walk in the Fourth of July parade in Oxford, because my son had been invited to ride on ...

July 16, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Salem Campmeeting to host 5k race Saturday at historic Salem Campground

COVINGTON, Ga. - Runners and walkers will have the opportunity to travel through 189 years of history as Salem Campmeeting hosts the Salem Sweet Spirit 5K ...

July 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Religion


Salem Campmeeting to start July 14

One of the most historic events in this area is the Salem Campmeeting, located three miles south of Interstate 20 on Salem Road between Covington ...

July 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Religion


Salem Campmeeting hotel annex added

COVINGTON, Ga. - Sam and Becky Ramsey are ready to see their hard work in use next week as Salem Campmeeting starts and the newly added ...

July 09, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Religion


Redman: A call to stand

If one were to survey the teen-aged student base and ask them to state the date that the Declaration of Independence was signed, I am ...

July 09, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Butts: A matter of trust and prayer

I keep a folder on my desktop with all of my columns in it. The reason behind this is so that I don't repeat ...

July 02, 2017 | Andy Butts | Religion


Owens: What Really Matters?

Recently, we have seen some interesting political occurrences. From the sixth district race to congressional hearings about Russia, it has caused me to wonder what ...

June 25, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion


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Part of the celebration

Everybody loves a party, right? I write this article a few days after being on a college campus on game day, about an hour before kickoff. And as I walked, people were mingling and mixing, drinking and dancing, eating, smiling and just having a good time. One guy took it upon himself to run from party to party and start shouting team cheers - and people were happy to join in. It was a celebration.

September 27, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


The scenic route

When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, "If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt." So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea.

September 27, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Spiritual songs get us through

The great black mark on American history is slavery. From the beginning of our nation's settlement until Jan. 1, 1963, Americans owned, sold and purchased other human beings. Beyond this, many slave owners were incredibly cruel to their slaves treating them with no regard of human dignity.

September 27, 2012 | Jason Dees | Religion


McCoy: Be Prepared

Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.

September 20, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Burnham: How much do you love God?

How much do you love God and why?

September 13, 2012 | By William Burnham | Religion


Scharf: Love speaks sacrificially

He was one of my childhood heroes. He had won just about any award baseball could give. I didn't see it myself and don't really want to believe it, so I won't use the guy's name, but I'm told that when this Hall of Famer moved out of his home in my friend's subdivision, he left it all behind. Boxes of trophies, including an MVP award, out by the curb. Why? His life had taken some turns, and suddenly, those things didn't matter to him anymore. He gave it all up because to ...

September 13, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


Dees: The voice of truth

For more than a century the most famous trademark in the music industry has been "His Master's Voice," which is an adapted picture of the dog Nipper listening to a wind-up gramophone.

September 13, 2012 | Jason Dees | Religion


The voice of truth

For more than a century the most famous trademark in the music industry has been "His Master's Voice," which is an adapted picture of the dog Nipper listening to a wind-up gramophone.

September 13, 2012 | Jason Dees | Religion


"Just a Thought"

Just a Thought: Who will experience eternity? Some think this is a topic only for Christians, but it is not. All of us will experience eternal life. Life is like a hand in a glove. The glove is the outer shell (a temporary dwelling) and takes on the form and functions of the hand inside. The hand is like our soul and spirit - and one day it will withdraw from the outer shell leaving the shell behind, but the hand (our soul and spirit) will remain unchanged and continue living. Where we will live and spend eternity has everything to ...

September 06, 2012 | Dr. Burnham | Religion


Scharf: Love speaks precisely

With today's column, I'm starting a series of columns that play off of our church body's theme this year: "Christ's Love, Our Calling." It's all about how Christ's love for you gives you purpose - a calling. And this series looks at what God said about our calling to speak his truth in love. In 2 Corinthians, Paul writes: "It is written: 'I believed; therefore I have spoken.' With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak."

September 06, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


McCoy: Remember the times

Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me.

Isaiah 46:9

September 06, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Dees: How greed can overcome you

Jesus once said to his disciples, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions" (Luke 12:15 NIV). This is an interesting warning to be aware of, or to watch out for greed. It is as if Jesus is saying that greed can overcome you without you even being aware.

The interesting thing about greed is that it is a sin that is very easy to be guilty of, without you even knowing it. If you are a thief, you may not feel bad ...

September 06, 2012 | Jason Dees | Religion


Scharf: The Door of Humility

In Luke 13, Jesus said that the door to heaven is narrow. At another place Jesus said, "I am the Gate" (John 10:9). The Greek word is the same. And the picture is the same, isn't it? The only way to heaven is through Jesus.

Now, as we are in this series discussing how love speaks, last week we learned from Jesus how important it is to speak precisely because the door is narrow and easy to miss. This week, we'll see how it stands wide open for all, so we have every reason to speak freely ...

August 30, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


Dees: A legacy of Christians

A couple of months ago, my wife Paige and I left my (at that time) five-month-old daughter with my parents as we went on a short trip with some friends of ours. While most couples may be a little nervous to leave their infant child with parents or in-laws, both Paige's mother and my mother are in the category called "Super Mom." Thus, Paige and I are both comfortable with and grateful for God's greatest gift to parents - the grandparents.

When we returned from our trip, I noticed that Emery Anna was so good and so quiet. She ...

August 30, 2012 | Jason Dees | Religion


McCoy: Living on the mountain

Who can live in your tent, Lord? Who can dwell on your holy mountain? The person who lives free of blame, does what is right, and speaks the truth sincerely; who does no damage with their talk, does no harm to a friend, doesn't insult a neighbor; someone who despises those who act wickedly, but who honors those who honor the Lord; someone who keeps their promise even when it hurts.

Psalm 15:1-4

August 30, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


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