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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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Archive By Section - Religion


McCoy: Happy Anniversary

This day will be a day of remembering for you. You will observe it as a festival to the Lord. You will observe it in every generation as a regulation for all time.

August 23, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Dees: Running away from home

Becoming an atheist is a lot like running away from home. I have talked to many atheists who have left the church or belief in God and the idea of running away from home is what they communicate. Now they may not say this overtly, but in every atheist I know, there is a certain fear or lack of peace similar to the fear in every runaway child. When I was a child, I tried to "run away" from home on two separate occasions, both were short-lived and lasted no more than an afternoon. The first was more of a ...

August 23, 2012 | Jason Dees | Religion


Love speaks confidently

Reading my cousin's emails was sometimes kind of like cracking a code. It was pretty straightforward when she spoke of side trips she was taking and different sites she was seeing. But you had to pay attention to when she spoke of "friends" that she got to talk about "her Best Friend" with.

August 23, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


Directing Discouragement

Many begin their Christian walk with great confidence and a boldness that believes we can do anything through Christ. But then it happens.

August 23, 2012 | William Burnham | Religion


More than just a meal ticket

"Alright, let's eat!" When you hear those words, what thoughts come to your mind?

August 16, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


Burnham: Just a Thought

How do we trust God when a trial seems to swallow us whole? Some turn to clichés: "Oh, it will all work out..." or, "Remember God works all things together for good." But deep inside we feel like we are drowning. First, there are no easy answers or one verse quick fixes. Many have turned to Job to see how to deal with difficulties and suffering. But, as Philip Yance points out, "The point of Job is not suffering, but faith." However, there is a lesson there: Someone once said, "We are all faced with a series of great ...

August 16, 2012 | Dr. William Burnham | Religion


McCoy: Back to school

Make an effort to present yourself to God as a tried-and-true worker, who doesn't need to be ashamed but is one who interprets the message of truth correctly.

August 16, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Dees: Meaning behind church names

It doesn't take too many clues to know a lot about a church. I can usually tell you when a church was founded, where it is located in the town, and its demographic just by hearing the church name. In Baptist life, if the church is a First church it is usually very old, dating back to the 19th or even 18th century depending on the region. First Churches are usually downtown and usually have an older, white-collar demographic. First Churches are also generally more liberal and intellectual in their theology. Then in the early 20th century there was ...

August 16, 2012 | Jason Dees | Religion


Dees: Work your way down the ladder

The idea of working your way up is something that pervades all people and especially Americans. It is very natural for us to desire power, security, fame and ease of life. This is true especially among men. Even as little boys, guys start sizing each other up as soon as they hit the playground. They want to win. They want to be in control. They want to be successful. This is something that stays with men throughout life. I definitely see these desires very clearly in my own life, but the more I study the gospel, the more it becomes ...

August 09, 2012 | Jason Dees | Religion


McCoy: Remember when...

Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.

August 09, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Scharf: Knowing God’s word

A couple months ago, I got a phone call at 2:23 a.m. in the morning. A call at that time is seldom good news. This one couldn't have been better.

August 09, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


Scharf: The Right Way to Say Goodbye

They say you can learn a lot about a relationship by the way you say goodbye. Watch a married couple as they separate to go about their day. Watch the children being put on the bus by mom on the first day of school. Watch the scene on hundreds of college campuses in a few weeks as parents set their children free. You can learn a lot about a relationship by the way they say goodbye.

Today, I want to look at God's word, at how the apostle Paul said goodbye to the leaders of the church in Corinth ...

August 02, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


McCoy: Playing Nice

How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!

August 02, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Dees: Return of the King

There is a day that is coming that swells great joy in the hearts of millions. A day when broken hearts will be mended, a day when loved ones will be reunited, and a day when hopes will be realized. This is a day that I have been longing for since I was a child, and a day that millions more have longed for with an eagerness that is stronger than that of a bride awaiting her groom. What is this day you may be thinking? I am talking about the day when the King of the universe, the one ...

August 02, 2012 | Jason Dees | Religion


McCoy: Why worry?

Don't be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus. From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise. Amen.

July 26, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


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