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home : news : religion August 26, 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

"Overwhelming Quietness"
It has been said that we should be quiet at times and wait on the Lord. This is true. Some say that you can hear the voice of the Lord when all is quiet. Yet, one may not be able to identify the voice of the Lord or distinguish it from their personal thoughts. Again, here one must be careful.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Churches arm, train congregants in wake of mass shootings
Acrid gun smoke clouded the sunny entrance of a Texas church on a recent Sunday.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Modern hell: damnation is for really, really bad people
So, what is Jeffrey Epstein up to these days?

When beloved public figures pass away, cartoonists picture them sitting on clouds, playing harps or chatting up St. Peter at heaven's Pearly Gates. The deaths of notorious individuals like Jeffrey Dahmer, Timothy McVeigh, Osama bin Laden and Epstein tend to inspire a different kind of response.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Endless Highway concert August 24 in Tower Hill
Endless Highway will be in concert at the Tower Hill free Methodists Church on Saturday, August 24 at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.
Friday, August 16, 2019

1st priest to adopt child accused of abusing a minor
The Archdiocese of Chicago says the first Catholic priest to adopt a child is under investigation for allegedly sexual abusing a minor in 1974.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Church of God welcomes student ministry pastors
Kincaid Church of God is excited to welcome their new Student Ministry Pastors to the church staff.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Taylorville Methodist Church to celebrate 175th
The First United Methodist Church of Taylorville invites the community to celebrate with them their 175th Anniversary at special worship services on Saturday, August 17th (5:15 p.m.) and Sunday, August 18th (10 a.m.).
Friday, August 9, 2019

Does anyone have any ears?
Author John Trent tells the following story about some close friends of his family. Their friend’s household includes five active children. One evening the entire family was gathered around the dinner table. As often happens in this fun-loving family unit, everyone was talking at the same time… everyone, that is, except their youngest child?a five year-old boy named, Nathan. Repeatedly, he tried to squeeze what he wanted to say into any tiny break in the conversations. Finally, at the breaking point, without warning, he jumped up on his chair, and gave out a blood-curdling scream! His shocking howl stopped everyone talking, and finally riveted all eyes on his little face. “What’s the matter around here?” little Nathan said in total frustration. “Doesn’t anyone have any ears?”
Friday, August 9, 2019

New massacres a jolt for clergy who coped with past attacks
As Americans reel from back-to-back massacres in Texas and Ohio, religious leaders who have experienced violence in their houses of worship are venting their anger at the persisting violence and trying to help their congregants persevere.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Morrisonville Churches Team Up For VBS
Friday, August 2, 2019

Bible school at FCWC
TAYLORVILLE — Another very successful Bible school was held July 24-26 at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville.  The theme of the event was "Wave Walkers" and the entire sanctuary and each of the classrooms was decorated in a beach theme complete with surf boards, beach towels, flotation devices, sand, and ocean creatures.
Friday, August 2, 2019

1,000 year old British house of worship adds miniature golf course
LONDON (AP) — Putts are joining prayers at Britain’s Rochester Cathedral, where a mini-golf course has been installed inside the medieval house of worship. 
Friday, August 2, 2019

A 'disruptive' new leader in powerful Southern Baptist job
It's a long way from Storyline Fellowship in Denver's western suburbs to downtown Nashville, Tennessee, and a publishing-and-ministry operation the locals have long called the "Baptist Vatican."
Friday, August 2, 2019

Be Not Deceived
TAYLORVILLE — 1 John 3:7 “Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous:”
Friday, July 26, 2019

Faith Community youth attend Camp Warren
TAYLORVILLE — Eight students and three staff members from Faith Community Worship Center attended the five-day Student "Bold" Camp last week at Camp Warren in Mt. Auburn.
Friday, July 26, 2019

'The Bachelorette' preaches on God, sex and marriage
Twitter is an awkward place to fight about sex and religion, especially when the clash is between ABC's current Bachelorette and a man who wanted to be her husband.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Berea Christian Church celebrating 150 years
Minister Michael Smith and the congregation of the Berea Christian Church invites you to their 150 year celebration.

The celebration will take place at the church on Sunday, July 28, 2019. A potluck lunch will begin at noon. There will be a program at 2 p.m. with past and present ministers as guest speakers.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Tempted
One of the great things about the Bible is that though it was composed nearly 2,000 years ago, it is still amazingly relevant today. Part of the reason that it can speak to 21st century culture nearly as well as it did to first century culture is that human nature remains relatively consistent. We deal with new challenges and new opportunities, but in our interior life, we grapple with similar forces to those our ancestors faced twenty centuries ago.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Area church events include VBS, block party, music and a gospel trio Sunday
The Kincaid Church of God will host musical guest, State of Grace Trio, on Sunday, July 21 at 10:30 a.m.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Kids Camp
Two campers and six staff members attended the BOLD Kids Camp for ages 6-11 in Mt. Zion July 8-12. Campers were Maya Manasco and Zara Manaso.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Pompeo takes aim at China at religious freedom event
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said China is responsible for the “stain of the century” of human rights abuses, with mass detentions of Muslims and other minorities.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Do all 'gay Catholic' teachers have the same beliefs?
School years close with graduation ceremonies, which are now followed by a painful rite for some Catholic educators and bishops: headlines about teachers losing their jobs after celebrating same-sex marriages.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Views on clergy vary by age, education, religious identity
Americans' age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to their opinions on a prospective clergy member's sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on social issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion, a new poll shows.
Friday, July 12, 2019

"Staying on the Horse"
TAYLORVILLE — Martin Luther described the nature of mankind as being a drunken man who falls off his horse on one side, and then gets back on and falls off the other side. What he means here that we tend to go from one extreme to the other when dealing with this world.
Friday, July 12, 2019

New York ends religious exemption to vaccine mandates
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Facing the many religious tensions in the modern workplace
Americans wrestling with religious conflicts in the workplace need to start by doing some math.

Right now, about 157 million Americans work full time. Meanwhile, a 2013 study by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding found that 36% of workers surveyed said they had experienced religious discrimination at work or witnessed this discrimination happening to someone else.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Celebrate freedom
While considering the celebration of our freedom as Americans this week, I was made aware of the following quote, “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” ?William Faulkner. There are times when we take our precious freedoms for granted, and there are also times when we do not fully understand what it means to be free.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Detective had posted hate-filled sermons since 2018
A Knox County detective who drew national attention for a sermon calling for the execution of gay people had been posting similar hate-filled sermons since he was ordained in February 2018.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Tennessee marriage law has constitutional issues
A new Tennessee law that prohibits ministers ordained online from solemnizing weddings has some "serious constitutional issues," a federal judge said at a Wednesday hearing in Nashville.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Rugby, religion, race and free speech down under
Rugby fans in Australia were getting used to superstar Israel Folau talking about his evangelical faith.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Tornado recovery and God
TAYLORVILLE — The recovery for last year’s tornado is not complete. There are many homes that are on their contractor’s long waiting list, trouble finding someone to help, and settling insurance claims are a few of the reasons why natural disasters recovery takes so long. But there are other issues folks have which is emotional trauma. There are people who were traumatized by the tornado event or have mentally worn down because of the long recovery period.
Friday, June 28, 2019

Married Catholic priests: Is it inevitable?
American Catholics may not know all the latest statistics, but they've been talking about the altar-level realities for decades.
Friday, June 28, 2019

Trinity Lutheran Church, Harvel celebrating 125th
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Harvel, will continue the celebration of its 125st Anniversary year with a special service at the church Sunday, June 30 at 11 a.m.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Public is invited to religious freedom celebration
As part of Religious Freedom Week (June 22-30), the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is hosting Denise Burke, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, to discuss the issue of religious freedom, current attacks on this fundamental right, how people can fight back, and victories in the courts.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Be blessed as you pursue Him
Psalms 103 begins with “Bless the Lord O my Soul” Then, it says “Forget none of His benefits - He forgives our iniquities, He delivers us from the pit, He satisfies our mouth with good things and renews our youth as an eagle”.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Family gives presidential library a Bible that once belonged to Lincoln
A unique Bible that belonged to Abraham Lincoln in his final year of life, a period when he was growing more overtly religious, has been obtained by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Friday, June 21, 2019

'Emanuel' explores life after 2015 church shooting
Jennifer Pinckney was hiding under a desk holding the mouth of her then-6-year-old daughter when Dylann Roof fired more than 70 shots in Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine black worshippers.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Reflections on books and patience, after being hit by a bus
While finishing her book "On Reading Well," Karen Swallow Prior wrote a reflection on patience, suffering and the virtues of one of literature's less celebrated heroines: Anne Elliot of Jane Austen's final novel, "Persuasion."
Friday, June 21, 2019

Nation's first black priest from Quincy, Illinois, is one step closer to sainthood now, Pope Francis says
ROME — Father Augustine Tolton of Quincy, the nation’s first black priest and once a slave, was proclaimed “Venerable” June 12 by Pope Francis, making Father Tolton one step closer to being declared a saint by the Catholic Church.
Friday, June 14, 2019

God's will
TAYLORVILLE — Last week, my wife LeAnn and I spent a few days in Door County, Wisconsin. On our last night there, we watched the sun set over the water in Egg Harbor. At the marina in this small village stands a signpost on which arrows have been mounted listing the distances to various towns both near and far. Each of those mileage markers represents a potential adventure for those who take the time to look over the names of the various cities.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Pentecost rant channels anger in Catholic pews
Elizabeth Scalia woke up furious, thinking about scandals in the Church of Rome, Pentecost and a famous courtroom rant in the movie "... And Justice for All."
Friday, June 14, 2019

McGregor to be ordained in Methodist Church
The Rev. Caleb McGregor of Edinburg and Stonington United Methodist Churches will be ordained as an Elder in full connection in The United Methodist Church this week.
Friday, June 7, 2019

They fought for the dignity of all
D-Day was the beginning of the ending of an evil that existed in Germany. The evil was the dehumanizing of people. Jews, communists, mentally ill, mentally handicapped and other groups of people were classified as nonessentials. In fact, many were considered as dangerous to the human species.
Friday, June 7, 2019

'Leaving the Witness,' story about exiting religion
As an adolescent Jehovah’s Witness, Amber Scorah knocked on plenty of doors and assigned each house a two- or three-letter code.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Bishop Paprocki: Illinois Catholic lawmakers who voted pro-abortion are not to receive Communion
Due to their leadership roles in promoting the evil of abortion by facilitating the passage of Senate Bill 25 this legislative session and House Bill 40 in 2017, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton have been barred from receiving Holy Communion in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois under a decree from Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. In addition, Illinois Catholic lawmakers who voted for either of these abortion bills are not to present themselves to receive Holy Communion.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Southern Baptists face red ink in their book of numbers
It was the rare Billy Graham Evangelistic Association event in which Graham was in the audience -- incognito in a hat and dark glasses -- and his brother-in-law Leighton Ford was in the pulpit.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Mt. Auburn United Methodist to begin summer workshop schedule
Friday, May 31, 2019

Jamie Tolley family to perform in Tower Hill Saturday
TOWER HILL, Ill. — Jamie Tolley and family will be at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church on Saturday, June 1 at 5 p.m.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Bishop Paprocki: Depriving protection for children in the womb is 'evil'
SPRINGFIELD — Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, issued the following statement in response to the Illinois House passing Senate Bill 25 on May 28:
Friday, May 31, 2019

Annual Church Feud game to raise funds for charity
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Ministerial Association will hold their annual “Church Feud” game on Friday, June 21, at 6:00 p.m. in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Vatican corrects omission in pope's quote about McCarrick
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican communications office on Wednesday corrected the Italian transcript of Pope Francis' comments about disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Earlier, it had omitted Francis' claim that he didn't remember if he had been told in 2013 of McCarrick's penchant for sleeping with seminarians.
Friday, May 31, 2019

That good old Baylor line in the doctrinal sand
Like all historic private universities, Baylor University -- chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas -- has its share of beloved traditions.
Friday, May 31, 2019












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