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Court rules man can get "IM GOD' license plate
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal court is allowing a Kentucky man to personalize a license plate with the phrase “IM GOD” after a three-year legal battle over the custom engraving.
Friday, November 15, 2019


F-X youth groups displays acts of thankfulness
TAYLORVILLE — During the month of November the "Faith Extreme" (F-X) Student Group from Faith Community Worship Center has been displaying acts of thankfulness in various ways to thank God for blessings in their lives.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Still teaching at 95, Jimmy Carter draws a crowd
The pilgrims arrive early and from all over, gathering hours before daybreak in an old pecan grove that surrounds a country church. They come, they say, for a dose of simple decency and devotion wrapped up in a Bible lesson.

The teacher is the 39th president of the United States, Jimmy Carter.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Mexican killings spotlight Mormon history of polygamy
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The slaying in Mexico of nine people who belonged to a Mormon offshoot community where some people practice polygamy spotlights the mainstream church's struggle to distance itself from plural marriage, which has a history in the faith but has long been denounced.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Run to the sound of the guns
TAYLORVILLE — As those who have chosen Christ as Savior and Lord, we are involved in an intense spiritual battle in the Heavens being manifested on earth - in our lives and those around us. Those without Christ are involved as well, but without the hope that is ours in Christ.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Professor Phil Johnson, the Berkeley Christian apologist
Phillip E. Johnson was doing what a University of California, Berkeley law professor was supposed to do during a mid-career sabbatical.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Back again
Last year, my wife and I really enjoyed Fall. It’s my favorite season any way, but it seemed especially beautiful. The vibrant colors popped throughout the area, and we enjoyed driving through town and taking pictures in the park. It made me thankful that we live in a place that experiences autumn each year because our years in Florida included just two seasons: summer and a few weeks of not-summer, that time when things are just a little dull and slightly cool and damp. I longed for trees that changed color during that time.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Kincaid Church of God continues holiday tradition
Kincaid Church of God is at it again. The members of the KCOG church will be coming together starting Nov. 3 to begin their annual Peanut Brittle Season. Peanut Brittle making and selling has been a yearly favorite through out the community. Over the past 40 plus years, the women and men have joined together to make the Peanut Brittle. This year is no different. KCOG uses the proceeds made for various projects in and out of the church. Last year the Peanut Brittle Fundraiser proceeds were used to remodel the church nursery and preschool room.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Pastors Honored
The Evangelical Free Church honored both of their pastors at a special reception on Sunday, October 27, in recognition of Pastor Appreciation Sunday. Lead Pastor Don Beetem has been with the church since 2000, and Co-Pastor Jonathan Sorensen since May 2019.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Italian trombonist performing at Decatur Christian
The Central Christian Church on 650 West William Street in Decatur is hosting a trombone, organ, and piano concert on Sunday, November 10 at 4:00 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
Friday, November 1, 2019

2 Stonington Baptist churches now share pastor
On Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, First Baptist Church in Stonington, called Pastor Scott Parks as their new bi-vocational Pastor.  Parks is also the bi-vocational Pastor for Old Stonington Baptist Church, a position he has held since August, 2018, and will remain in that position as he adds First Baptist Church to his Pastoral duties.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Singer Craig Morgan finds God's purpose in song
The last evening that country singer Craig Morgan spent with his 19-year-old son, Jerry, was during one of Morgan’s performances at Grand Ole Opry three years ago.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Concerning the prophet Nathan and Theodore McCarrick
U.S. cardinals needed someone who was willing, in the spring of 2002, to face waves of microphones and cameras and answer questions about a clergy sexual abuse crisis that kept growing more and more intense.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Local and area churches host Halloween activities
Several local churches will host pre-Halloween activities this weekend. The public is invited to attend and wear your costumes.
Friday, October 25, 2019

"October 31st - Reformation from a Conservative Lutheran Point of View"
The reformation that took place in the 1500’s was about the salvation of the soul.   Yes, it did lead to social reforms.   Luther had deep concern and a heart for the poor.   He is often times credited with creating the community chest.  He had given instruction on how to distribute collected fund to needy families.   This was done after the Sunday service.  But that was not the major issue of the Lutherans at that time.
Friday, October 25, 2019

Area churches hosting gospel sings and open mic
Friday, October 25, 2019

St. Mary's to hold White Ribbon service Nov. 3
St. Mary’s Church, through their Elizabeth Ministry, will hold their 23rd Annual White Ribbon Memorial Service on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 1 p.m.
Friday, October 25, 2019

Americans with no religious affiliation growing
The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians, according to new data from the Pew Research Center.
Friday, October 25, 2019

Will Democrats enter church-state minefield on taxes?
When preparing the 2016 Democratic Party platform, the drafting committee promised: "We will do everything we can to protect religious minorities and the fundamental right of freedom to worship and believe."
Friday, October 25, 2019

TAYLORVILLE — The road to success. The road to happiness. The road less traveled. The road not taken. The road back to you. These are just a few of the expressions used to describe not so much a literal path we’ve experienced but more the journey of life we find ourselves on.  Of course, many would include the following lyrics to the list, “Life is a highway. I wanna ride it all night long.” (Rascal Flatts-2006) Among these famous descriptions about the roads we often encounter in life, let me suggest one other possibility and that would be, “The Road no one could see-the Road no one knew was there.” This particular expression is found in the Bible, Psalm 77:19. “Your road (God) led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters, a pathway no one knew was there!” There’s something intriguing about a road unseen.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Billy Graham's preacher daughter looks to the future
Anne Graham Lotz has done her share of thinking about the past, present and future of evangelism -- which is understandable, since her father, Billy Graham, liked to call her the "best preacher in the family."
Friday, October 18, 2019

Kincaid Church of God welcomes worship ministry team
Kincaid Church of God is excited to welcome the new additions to their ministry team and church family, Brent and Lindy Austin and Jeremy and Tawnya Austin.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Liberating emotions
“We are not salves to our emotions.” Chip and Dan Heath.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Women's Fellowship Group Hosts Luncheon
The Davis Memorial Christian Church (DMCC) Women’s Fellowship hosted a luncheon recently with Ed Legg as the guest speaker from Missions for Taylorville (MFT). Legg spoke to the gorup about the status of MFT regarding the effort in tornado recovery, the help they are receiving, as well as monetary donations still neded. He couraged the group that there are still many ways to help even if you can’t physically paint, roof or build. There’s something for everyone. You may contact Missions for Taylorville at 217-824-8181 if you’re able to help or donate monetarily.Pictured in the front row from left are:
Friday, October 11, 2019

Anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise
The shooting that left two dead and several injured in Halle, Germany, on Wednesday — when Jews celebrated Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for their faith — has shined a spotlight on the worldwide rise of anti-Semitic incidents.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Edinburg Lutheran Church celebrating 125th
Trinity Lutheran Church, in Edinburg, is celebrating their 125th Anniversary this Sunday, October 13. The day will begin with a light breakfast at 8:30am; at 9:00 Sunday school and Bible Classes will observe the many promises and blessings that God has bestowed upon Trinity these many years.
Friday, October 11, 2019

SBC president gets blunt on sexual abuse, what now?
For decades, Southern Baptist leaders rolled their eyes whenever there were headlines about clergy sexual abuse cases.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Evangelical Free Church Members Enjoy Fellowship
Friday, October 4, 2019

Dig Deep
 TAYLORVILLE — Reading in Ezekiel 8:7 Then He brought me to the entrance of the Court, and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall. Vs8 He said to me "Son of man, now dig through the wall" So, I dg through the wall, and behold an entrance. Vs9 And He said to me "Go in and see the wicked abominations that they are committing here" Vs10  So I entered and looked, and behold, every form of creeping things and beasts and detestable things, with all the idols of the house of Israel, were carved on the wall all around.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Define 'Evangelical,' please - the 2019 edition
There is no record that political pollsters in ancient Rome even knew that Jesus of Nazareth told a Jewish leader named Nicodemus that he needed to be "born again" in order see the Kingdom of God.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Grace Memorial Church to install new pastor
On Sunday, September 29, 2019, Grace Memorial Church, located at 108 East Douglas Street in Edinburg, will be installing Pastor Wes Barteck as their new pastor at the 9:30 a.m. worship service.
Friday, September 27, 2019

South Fork NHS works with Midland Methodist
In mid-April, a group of 36 volunteers, including members of the South Fork High School National Honor Society, gathered at Midland United Methodist Church in Kincaid.  They were there to create unique bowls out of lumps of clay.  Guided by Michelle Coakes, owner of Bad Wolf Pottery in Taylorville, and assisted by Trish Duknoski, an instructor at the pottery, over the course of several hours, the volunteers created and decorated 100 soup bowls. 
Friday, September 27, 2019

In this together
“Every man for himself.” When we hear that phrase, it means that we shouldn’t expect any help. Each person needs to fend for themselves against whatever danger is threatening the group. It’s a selfish approach that is bound to leave someone behind, but it’s not the way that the Bible calls us to live our lives.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Davis Memorial annual fish fry Friday, Oct. 11
The annual fish fry at Davis Memorial Christian Church (DMCC) is set for Friday, October 11, 2019 at 1500 W. Franklin Street in Taylorville.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Union seminary holds an interfaith chapel rite
When describing the life and work of St. Francis of Assisi, his admirers -- environmentalists as well as theologians -- usually quote his "Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon."
Friday, September 27, 2019

Raphael Saadiq mixes vintage soul with moving gospel
(AP) — “Jimmy Lee” is a stirring album combining Raphael Saadiq’s trademark vintage soul sounds with moving gospel, disquieting soundscapes and closing triad of tunes that pulls no punches in addressing social ills and personal doubts.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Harvel New Life Church to host revival Saturday
HARVEL, Ill. — The Harvel New Life Church, 203 West Monroe in Harvel, Ill. will host a Revival Satuday, September 21, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Friday, September 20, 2019

FCWC celebrating this Sunday at church pavilion
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville will enjoy a 4:00 p.m. worship service at the church pavilion located on the back of their property at 2493 South Spresser Street in Taylorville, at the intersection of South Spresser and Route 40. Senior Pastor Jerry L. Thorpe and the congregation invite the community to worship with them.
Friday, September 20, 2019

'Is it good to bring children into this world today?'
TAYLORVILLE — I have heard this discussion throughout my short life time here on earth. It often goes like this. “The way this world is today, I can’t see bringing a child into it.”  
Going back over a hundred years, I really can’t find a good time in which to bring children into this world.

Friday, September 20, 2019

First UMC welcomes Bishop Beard this Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — The First United Methodist Church of Taylorville invites the community to celebrate with them their 175th Anniversary at a special blended worship service on Sunday, September 22 at 10am.  Bishop Frank Beard, who presides over the Illinois Great River’s Conference, will preach during this special worship service as the Chancel Choir and Praise Band provide special music.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Religious leaders afraid to help depressed, hurting people
Week after week, the Rev. Todd Peperkorn listens as pastors talk -- in private -- about people wrestling with loneliness, depression and urges to commit suicide.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Lighthouse church offering after school program
For parents and guardians who are looking for a safe and supportive program for their children after school, the Lighthouse Apostolic Church in Taylorville may have a solution. The Lighthouse Keepers Teen Group, run by Youth Minister Jeremy Rhodes, is offering an after school program for all ages.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Grandparent's Day
Grandparents and Senior Adults were honored Sunday, September 8 at Faith Community Worship Center beginning with a complementary breakfast before services. Upon arrival, the diners were greeted and escorted to their seats by members of the Faith Extreme (F-X) Youth, who were servers for the day. 
Friday, September 13, 2019

I still remember
My granddaughter asked me a very interesting question this week. She asked, “Do you remember the day the airplane crashed into the big buildings.” Of course, she was learning at school about a historical event that happened eleven years before she was born. Her young mind is trying to process the events of that bright September morning, but my mind went back to that day as if it all happened yesterday. She was collecting information and she knew that not only was I old enough to remember September 11, but she also knew we had lived in New York on the day those events took place.  Although, my granddaughter had trouble understanding what I did or did not see on that day, I’ll never forget driving across the Throgs Neck bridge into Queens and seeing the smoke billowing from the end of the Manhattan skyline. It is an image I still remember, and I know I will never forget.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Has there been a "truce" in the protestant worship wars?
If newcomers walk into a Protestant church on Sunday and hear an organ playing, and see hymnals, the odds are good that between 50 and 250 people will be in the pews.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Nature calls for Maryland Church of the Wild
SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) — When Leah Rampy and her husband moved from Washington, D.C., to Shepherdstown, W.Va., last August, she was interested in building community.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Bible Reading Blast at courthouse Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County National Day of Prayer Taskforce will be hosting a "Bible Reading Blast" on the grounds of the Christian County Courthouse, on Sunday, September 8, 2019, starting at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, September 6, 2019

The Redemptions to play at Tower Hill
Friday, September 6, 2019

Wild Goose Festival
TAYLORVILLE — The Wild Goose Festival is annually held in the Appalachian Mountains in Hot Springs, North Carolina.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Tension in Christian college newsrooms
Journalism professors at Christian colleges and universities know the drill all too well.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Edinburg Labor Day Weekend Church Service
— The annual Edinburg community church service will be held as normal on Sunday, September 1st from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Edinburg Park Pavilion, hosted by the Edinburg Ministerial Association.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Together we stand strong
Scripture says “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of the Lord”.  Another says “Times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord”. I want to give testimony to both today.
Friday, August 30, 2019

"Cruise-In Car Show" at Faith Community Worship Center
Saturday, August 31 residents of Taylorville will see classic cars and trucks, antique vehicles, show cars of every type, plus motorcycles heading down South Spresser Street and Highway 40 to the "Cruise in Car Show" at Faith Community Worship Center. Registration is free for the car show, which begins at 10:00 a.m. Lots of prizes will be awarded at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, August 30, 2019

'Miracle house' in Ohio draws pilgrims amid sainthood push
Late in the summer of 1939, crowds of strangers started showing up at Rhoda Wise's house next to a city dump in Ohio after she let it be known that miracles were occurring in her room.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Babylon Bee wrestles with news, reality and satire
When it comes to mainstream journalism, it's hard to imagine a stronger brand than The New Yorker.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Music: Marc Cohn, Blind Boys of Alabama pair for an uncontrived blend of pop, soul and gospel
(AP) — Marc Cohn and the Blind Boys of Alabama’s new album began as an EP of studio recordings before being wisely extended with their performance for the PBS concert series “The Kate.”
Friday, August 23, 2019

Author to speak at Faith Community Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — The Reverend Rick McGough, author of the best-selling book ‘Faith and Reason Made Simple in a Skeptical World’ will be the speaker at a Saturday 7:00 p.m. teaching service at Faith Community Worship Center.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Minister's Message: Back to school
TAYLORVILLE — Most students have made their way back to school. In fact, some students have been at it for weeks. I loved school so whenever this time of the year comes around, I always have a bit of nostalgia for being in school and wish I was preparing to go back in the classroom. I loved picking out school supplies, receiving a syllabus and seeing all the things that we were going to learn, and finding out about new teachers and professors.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Vacation Bible School At St. Rita's
Friday, August 23, 2019

'Nones' and the void in American religious life
Americans who have been paying attention to arguments about religion in recent years know that two statistics have caused the most chatter in the digital public square, as well as coverage in the old-school press.
Friday, August 23, 2019












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