Religion

Updating some Southern Baptist stereotypes in 2021

On Religion Terry Mattingly Anyone looking for Baptists should head to Greenville, South Carolina. “People here say you can throw a rock in one direction and hit a Southern Baptist church, and if you throw a rock in the other direction you’ll hit an independent Baptist church,” said Nathan A. Finn, provost of North Greenville…

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Pope stokes flames of Catholic worship wars

On Religion Terry Mattingly The message to Catholic traditionalists in Southwest England was blunt, yet pointed. Because of the new “Traditionis Custodes” (“Guardians of the Tradition”) document from Pope Francis, and the wish- es of Bishop Declan Lang of the Diocese of Clifton, the upcoming “Latin Mass at Glastonbury will be the final Latin Mass…

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The faith of Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams

On Religion Terry Mattingly A reporter tossed a standard question at coach Monty Williams after the Phoenix Suns won the NBA Western Conference finals, asking how he managed to be a tough coach and a sympathetic mentor. “I tell every new player … that the essence of my coaching is to serve,” said Williams, the…

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A New Age

Pastor Bill Kerns Davis Memorial Christian Church TAYLORVILLE — Babylon had invaded Judah. The Babylonians destroyed the Temple complex, other parts of Jerusalem and many prominent Judeans were kid- napped and taken to Babylon. Those who remained in Judah and those exiled were crushed spiritually and emotionally. Besides being conquered by a foreign power, the…

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