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Surprising Accusations

James C.. Jones Lead Minister Taylorville Christian Church Again and again, I find passages of Scripture that surprise me, even though I’ve been preaching and teaching from Scripture for more than 30 years. That happened this week when I was preparing a lesson on the first few verses of 1 John 3. One of the…

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Lessons from the Hall of Men on the Kansas plains

Terry Mattingly WICHITA, Kan. — The Hall of Men fits the name, with meetings offering beer, cigars, an open bar, some kind of “guy food” (think pizza) and lots of chatter around a giant wooden table. But then there are the evening prayers, icons, Bible readings and lectures about authors whose portraits hang on the…

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Minister’s Message: Is now the Time?

Community of Christ Pam Moses How many of us have asked the question, “Is NOW the time?” Time for a relationship Time for kids Time for family Time for a job change Time for a new book Time for a new look on life Time to help a neighbor Time to help a loved one…

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Man pleads guilty to stealing checks intended for churches

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty in connection with the theft of more than 2,600 checks intended for religious institutions in several states that were deposited into fake bank accounts, a federal prosecutor in Maryland said. Florin Vaduva, 31, of Dania Beach, Florida, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud…

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Pope to visit Canada, part of apology aims for church abuse

By FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, struggling with a bad knee, is going ahead with plans to visit Canada this summer so he can apologize in person for abuse suffered by Indigenous peoples at the hands of the Catholic church. The Vatican on Friday announced that Francis will head to…

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Naomi Judd faced demons and angels

ON RELIGION By Terry Mattingly Naomi Judd thought she understood the ties that bind country music stars and their audience — then one aggressive fan went and joined the Pentecostal church the Judd family called home. “It really burdened me,” said Judd, after signing hundreds of copies of her “Love Can Build a Bridge” memoir…

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Arrested Hong Kong cardinal a fiery critic of Beijing

Retired archbishop of Hong Kong Joseph Zen, center, attends the episcopal ordination ceremony of Bishop Stephen Chow, in Hong Kong, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Zen, the 90-year-old Catholic cleric arrested by Hong Kong police on national security charges, has long been a fiery critic of Beijing, along with efforts by the Vatican to reach a…

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Centuries-old passion play returns after pandemic break

Rochus Rueckel as Jesus, left, performs with cast members during the rehearsal of the 42nd Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany, Wednesday, May 4, 2022. After a two-year delay due to the coronavirus, Germany’s famous Oberammergau Passion Play is opening soon. The play dates back to 1634, when Catholic residents of a small Bavarian village vowed…

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The Catholic saint who dedicated his life to a leprosy colony in Hawaii

Mark Lambert University of Chicago Divinity School On Jan. 3, 1865, the Kingdom of Hawaii, then a sovereign state, enacted “An Act to Prevent the Spread of Leprosy.” Any person suspected of having the ancient disease – which is mentioned as far back as the Bible – would be inspected and, if deemed incurable, permanently…

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Pascha Messages show Orthodox pain inside Ukraine

Terry Mattingly With the barrage of horrors from Ukraine, it wasn’t hard to distinguish between the messages released by the Eastern Orthodox leaders of Russia and Ukraine to mark Holy Pascha, the feast known as Easter in the West. The epistle from Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill offered hope for this life and the next. But…

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