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MINISTER’S MESSAGE

Pastor Nathaniel Randall Allen Chapel AME Church What do you do when the love of your life takes her last breath as you hold her hand in a hospital room? You’ve been there so many times with others as they have experienced what you are now feeling. Now it is you and you are all…

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How will Southern Baptists address sexual abuse?

ON RELIGION By Terry Mattingly Before the Southern Baptist Convention’s strong vote to approve what supporters called “bare minimum” sexual abuse reforms — with victims in the crowd weeping with relief — there was a strategic amendment to the recommendations. Rather than stay with the independent Guidepost Solutions organization, the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force…

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Holocaust memorial chairman thanks pope for opening archives

FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The chairman of Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial said he thanked Pope Francis on Thursday for giving scholars access to the Holy See’s World War II-era archives. Dani Dayan, who met with Francis at the Vatican, said the pontiff described the archives’ opening as “an issue of…

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Taliban arrests Afghan fashion model, says he ‘insulted’ Islam

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have arrested a well-known Afghan fashion model and three of his colleagues, accusing them of disrespecting Islam and the Quran, the Muslim holy book, according to videos released by Afghanistan’s new rulers. Ajmal Haqiqi — known for his fashion shows, YouTube clips and modeling events…

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New vaccine may be option for troops with religious concerns

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A COVID-19 vaccine that could soon win federal authorization may offer a boost for the U.S. military: an opportunity to get shots into some of the thousands of service members who have refused other coronavirus vaccines for religious reasons. At least 175 active duty and reserve…

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MINISTER’S MESSAGE

Stan Pratt Pastor, Way of Life Church Reading in 2 Corinthians 5, we find Paul saying in Vs 6 “ So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes,…

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Mixed signals in an American bishop’s leap

ON RELIGION By Terry Mattingly Two years before long-standing rumors about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick leapt into headlines worldwide, America’s most outspoken activist on clergy sexual abuse, Richard Sipe, met with his local bishop — San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy. “It was clear to me during our last meeting in your office, although cordial, that you…

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The US bishops, three popes and the soul of Nancy Pelosi

ON RELIGION By Terry Mattingly After fierce, closed-door debates about President Joe Biden and Holy Communion, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops managed to release a muted document last fall that did little to please activists on either side of the church’s wars about abortion and politicians in pews. But one passage in “The Mystery…

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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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