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There and back again, a Missionary’s tale

Rachel LeBeane Breeze-Courier Writer KINCAID — How do a man from Alabama and a woman from Florida, who’ve spent more than 20 years in countries overseas, end up in Kincaid, Illinois? According to Vance and Kari Massengill, the answer to that question was easy. It was God’s will that brought them here. “I’m convinced God…

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Face to face with the words and mysteries of C.S. Lewis

While historians argue about what C.S. Lewis did or didn’t say, it can be stated with absolute certainty that the Oxford don never patted down his rumpled, professorial tweed jacket before exclaiming, “Where’s my phone?” That line occurs at the start of “The Most Reluctant Convert,” as actor Max McLean enters a movie set preparing…

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Stonington Baptist Churches more than doubles Shoebox Collection

STONINGTON — In 2020, Pastor Scott Parks led his two Stonington congregations, First Baptist Stonington and Old Stonington Baptist Church to work together in Operation Christmas Child’s Shoebox ministry. Parks said, “Last year, the two churches did an amazing job, putting together a total of 72 shoeboxes filled with gifts for children around the world.”…

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Pastor Appreciation for E-Free Church

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Evangelical Free Church held a special Pastor Appreciation service on Sunday, October 31. Church Chairman Bob Kindermann brought an encouraging and thought-provoking message during the worship service which was followed by a reception honoring the two pastors and their families. Pastor Don Beetem has served the church for 21 years, starting as the Associate…

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Biden, Bishops, and ‘Eucharistic coherence’

Asked if the topic of abortion came up during his recent Vatican summit with Pope Francis, President Joe Biden said: “No, it didn’t. It came up — we just talked about the fact he was happy that I was a good Catholic, and I should keep receiving Communion.” The next day, the Associated Press noted that…

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In birdwatching, Christian ‘ornithologists’ see God’s hand

(RNS) — It is early morning in the Great Smoky Mountains. Kevin Burrell is half asleep and wrapped tightly in his sleeping bag. Before surrendering his warm cocoon to the chilly morning air, he hears the call of a hermit thrush just above his tent, coaxing him to stay in bed for just a few…

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Facing modern chaos, priests need old symbols and truths

ON RELIGION By Terry Mattingly Chaos is coming, so get ready. That was the warning that — four years ago — iconographer and YouTube maven Jonathan Pageau offered to leaders of the Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of the South. The French-Canadian artist was reacting to cracks in “cultural cohesion” after Donald Trump’s rise to…

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Presidents and popes – gifts, gaffes, grief

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden meets with Pope Francis on Friday, he won’t kiss the ring. Biden, who has met with Francis three times and with two previous popes, has said he eschews the traditional sign of respect because his mother told him not to — that no…

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A lion in Evangelical Angicanism swims the Tiber to Rome

Terry Mattingly   As always, rumors swirled around the favorites in the 2002 race to become the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury. Efforts to derail Bishop Michael Nariz-Ali of Rochester were different, in part because he was born in Pakistan — fluent in Urdu and Farsi — and was poised to become the first nonwhite leader…

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Self-identified believers versus true believers

On Religion Terry Mattingly When political scientists and pollsters discuss faith and poli- tics, one of their biggest challenges is separating the true believers from those who mere- ly say they are believers. It’s kind of like distinguish- ing between “football fans” and “FOOTBALL FANS,” said John C. Green of the University of Akron, who…

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