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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

November 26, 2016 | Chip Owens | Religion


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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


Where trust lies

God has blessed America greatly. The United States has been pulled, pushed, pressed, stretched and tested from the beginning but has remained together and strong thus far.

November 13, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Religion


The Answer for these Uncertain Times

According to Wikipedia there are roughly 4,200 recognized religions in the world. Out of those 4,200 religions, you have approximately 2.2 billion people who claim a single one: Christianity.

August 14, 2016 | Andy Butts | Religion


Blaze Your Trail

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." –Confucius

August 07, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Religion


The Capacity for Doing What’s Good

Last week I went to a good-bye party for a work colleague and just as I was about to put the delectable bite of cheesecake into my mouth another colleague sat down and asked, "Do you think there's more or less violence today than ever before?" I ate the bite of cheesecake as I took in his comment.

July 17, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Faith in turbulent times

One of the largest aspects of faith and religion is not our assurance of salvation or whether we will experience paradise in the afterlife, but our ethic of empathy and compassion here on earth. As we turn our attentions to current events and form our various viewpoints, we have to examine our lens and fit it to our ethic. As we form our thoughts and opinions on the issues of today, where is our empathy in the process?

July 17, 2016 | Chip Owens | Religion


Broad Worldview

Operation Mobilization (OM) has a base in San Jose, Costa Rica. This operation has blossomed over recent years, and I have had the privilege of traveling for week long missions there for the last three years.

July 10, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Christianity is not a Sunday-only religion

Brennan Manning said, "The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable." I do believe this rings true.

July 03, 2016 | Andy Butts | Religion


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 and friends that made the move difficult. Of course, now, eight years later, we've made some long-lasting friendships.

June 26, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Religion


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 fantastic example through his testimony of following God's will with an imperfect attitude.

June 07, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Religion


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 the road for them as almost all of them continue on to the Atlanta campus of Emory University for their junior and senior year of college, this is an important event in their life. So, we do what you do when a significant life moment takes place – we mark it with rituals.

May 15, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Religion


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. The reason is technology. I am not bashing technology at all. I use it daily. I am typing this – I don't turn in my articles handwritten. I am talking about how we no longer interact with one another.

May 15, 2016 | Andy Butts | Religion


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 something artsy out of paper following a list of instructions, I was bound to be the last one finished … and I never did it right. It wasn't out of rebellion or laziness, I simply couldn't follow directions.

May 01, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Religion


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 acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

April 24, 2016 | Andy Butts | Religion


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