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Moving the walls
Boundaries, edges, even separation is not always a bad thing. Our outer skin serves a protective function to our bodies keeping out dirt, germs, and infections. We wouldn’t get very far without skin. Healthy boundaries are essential in human relationships, to clearly define that you are you and I am me. In any work setting, except for a self-employed, single employee setting, knowing who is responsible for what is essential to the workings of any office or worksite.
Friday, February 15, 2019


Hockey with Bishop to benefit Catholic Charities
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, also known as the “Holy Goalie,” will host his ninth annual “Hockey with Bishop Paprocki,” an exhibition hockey game to benefit Catholic Charities Legal Services, which provides free legal assistance in civil matters to those with little to no income in 28 counties in Central Illinois.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Neglect, threatening 'Sistine Chapel of the Andes'
A buttress supporting an adobe wall has collapsed and grass overgrows the patio of the four-century-old church whose dazzling murals depicting biblical scenes and remote location high atop a Bolivian plateau have earned it the nickname the "Sistine Chapel of the Andes."
Friday, February 15, 2019

Pope okays miracle needed for Briton's sainthood
Pope Francis has approved a miracle needed to make Cardinal John Henry Newman, a prominent Anglican convert, a saint, the Vatican announced on Wednesday.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Ancient Coptic faith and iconic images of modern martyrs
After one trip into Libya as a migrant worker, Tawadros Youssef Tawadros reported that he had been warned that his Christian name -- "Theodore," in English -- might anger Muslim radicals.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Dominican Sisters prepare to welcome all for National Catholic Sisters Week
SPRINGFIELD — Raucous games, genteel teas, nature hikes, and a social media blitz are all on the schedule for the Dominican Sisters of Springfield's National Catholic Sisters Week activities in March. Oh yes, and there's Evening Prayer.
Here is what's on the schedule.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Minister's Message: Not what it seems
TAYLORVILLE — Don is a border collie who lives on a farm in Scotland. Now, border collies are known as some of the smartest dogs on Earth, but this appeared to be a little too much for even the smartest of dogs. When his master, a farmer named Tom, hopped out of his John Deere Gator to check on one of his lambs, Don the collie scooted over into the driver’s seat.
Friday, February 8, 2019

Hard to avoid religion when discussing late-term abortions
Before "Game of Thrones"-style infighting rocked Virginia Democrats, before the Michael Jackson moonwalk press conference, before a KKK and blackface photo surfaced from his Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook, Gov. Ralph Northam made some candid remarks about abortion on WTOP's "Ask the Governor" radio show.
Friday, February 8, 2019

US nuns urge changes to male-led church structure to address abuse issues
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The largest association of religious sisters in the United States called Thursday for an overhaul of the male-led leadership structure of the Catholic Church, after Pope Francis publicly acknowledged the problem of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns.
Friday, February 8, 2019

Good family of Stonington to host Elevation Church watch party Sunday
There’s a party happening on Sunday, and I don’t mean of the Super Bowl variety.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Gospel music's evolution: African rhythms, ideas of sin and the Hammond organ
The enslaved Africans who first arrived in the British colony of Virginia in 1619 after being forcefully removed from their natural environments left much behind, but their rhythms associated with music-making journeyed with them across the Atlantic.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Wisdom and power
Charlie Daniels, not the country singer, came from my childhood hometown. My earliest memory of him was a man who had severe alcohol addiction. For example, one day I saw him wobbling badly outside a tavern. At one point, he was kicked out of town.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Many young believers turning into accidental hermits
It was the feast of St. Mary, Mother of the Church, so writer Leah Libresco and some friends decided to have a traditional procession through their neighborhood while praying the rosary out loud.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Back to first things during march for life
Just over a century ago, a Methodist leader on the church's Board of Temperance, Prohibition and Public Morals noticed an empty lot facing the U.S. Capitol and thought it would be a fine place to do some lobbying.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Walls
TAYLORVILLE — For those foolish persons saying it is immoral or non-Christian to have a wall guarding our border(s), here are just a few Scriptures giving the Lord’s view concerning walls. I did not include the Scriptures telling of the walls being breached or broken down because of sin in the land, but a few concerning the Lord’s instruction to rebuild them when they walked in obedience to Him.
Friday, January 25, 2019

St. Mary Catholic School to celebrate Catholic Schools Week
TAYLORVILLE — Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Many activities are planned from masses, open houses and other fun activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. The week is slated to focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people.
Friday, January 25, 2019

CWF donates to Safe Passage Program
Friday, January 25, 2019

DMCC youth hear from law enforcement officials
Friday, January 25, 2019

Now or later?
Is Christianity about what God is doing now, or is it about what God is going to do later? We could ask this question a different way: is Christian faith about God changing the life that we’re living or about God granting us eternal life? Christians in our culture have tended to focus on the latter: eternal salvation. And  Scripture speaks clearly that this is a prominent piece of Jesus’ mission and ministry. It cannot be ignored. And Christians should passionately share this message with the people around them.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Medical group donates defibrilator to St. Mary's
When HSHS Medical Group heard that the AED machine at St. Mary School in Taylorville no longer worked, colleagues at HSHS took the opportunity to live their Franciscan mission to show Christ's healing love. The organization donated a high-quality AED machine that could be used for children and adults. The machine has been installed near the gym to meet any emergency needs.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Women strive for larger roles in male dominated religions of the world
Women have been elected heads of national governments on six continents. They have flown into space, served in elite combat units and won every category of Nobel Prize. The global #MeToo movement, in 15 months, has toppled a multitude of powerful men linked to sexual misconduct.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Many pastors clueless when swamped with sex, tech issues
If Daniel Weiss has learned anything about the small towns of east-central Wisconsin, it's that folks in the region he calls home care about what they eat.
Friday, January 18, 2019

The politics of fear: How fear goes tribal, allowing us to be manipulated
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) —  Fear is arguably as old as life. It is deeply ingrained in the living organisms that have survived extinction through billions of years of evolution. Its roots are deep in our core psychological and biological being, and it is one of our most intimate feelings. Danger and war are as old as human history, and so are politics and religion.
Friday, January 11, 2019

When God did something for Himself
TAYLORVILLE — It is not unusual for people to say to the caregiver, “Take care of yourself.” It is true. The caregiver has to take care of themselves in order to take care of their loved one. And this is true of God.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Persecution of Christians in Middle East now 'old news'?
Once again, Coptic Christians faced bloody bodies in the sands of Egypt, as terrorists killed seven pilgrims who had just prayed at the Monastery of St. Samuel.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Acknowledging the Magi
Now, some people call them kings, some call them wise men and others call them magi. I prefer magi over kings or wise men. I have reasons for this.
Friday, January 4, 2019

St. Rita's Parish Students Present Live Nativity
St. Rita’s Parish School of Religion students presented a live nativity entrance at the Christmas Eve mass at St. Rita’s Parish in Kincaid
Friday, January 4, 2019

A key Southern Baptist pioneer on race is gone
Months after the end of World War II, leaders of Youth for Christ sent evangelists to work in the battered cities of Europe.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Organist splits time between church and hockey
Jeremy Boyer had a doubleheader with God and hockey.
Friday, January 4, 2019

F-X students play Mary and Joseph
TAYLORVILLE — Two students from Faith Community Worship Center F-X played the parts of Mary and Joseph in the Christmas Play last Sunday. Pictured from left are Emily Thorpe and Alex Evrley.
Submitted photo

Friday, December 28, 2018

Faith Community Worship Center Celebrates Christmas
TAYLORVILLE — Worshipers filled Faith Community Worship Center on "Christmas Sunday" December 23.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Faith Community Worship Center Celebrates Christmas
TAYLORVILLE — Worshipers filled Faith Community Worship Center on "Christmas Sunday" December 23 to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and to witness the Christmas plays and dramas presented by the children's and student departments.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Retired nuns forced to spend holidays in a new home
NORMANDY, Mo. (AP) — Last year Sister Pauline Bilbrough first heard the news: The convent was going to have to close.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Where is God?
I have found recently that I am more alert to the grief and sorrow around me.
Friday, December 21, 2018

Ongoing Catholic abuse scndals made big headlines in 2018
It was in 1983 that parents told leaders of the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana, west of New Orleans, that Father Gilbert Gauthe had molested their sons.
Friday, December 21, 2018

The Old Country Church
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — “There’s a place dear to me where I’m longin’ to be with my friends at the old country church. There with mother we went and our Sunday’s we spent with our friends at the old country church. Precious years of memories. Oh what joy it brings to me. How I long once more to be with my friends at the old country church.” — Old Country Church by Hank Williams Sr.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Church renovation lifts Christmas spirit in Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas, offering visitors a look at ancient mosaics and columns that have been restored to their original glory for the first time in 600 years.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

God is making a difference
Pastor Bill Kerns
Davis Memorial Christian Church, Taylorville

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville has been changed.

Friday, December 14, 2018

This Christmas consider telling your children the real Santa Claus story
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — Santa Claus will soon be coming to town, bringing gifts to children.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Bush 41's funerals offer blunt talk about life after death
During 60 years of friendship, George H.W. Bush went on countless trips with James Baker III, his secretary of state and a confidant so close that America's 41st president liked to call him his "little brother."
Friday, December 14, 2018

Christ, our rock
As Kim from the Breeze and myself communicated about this letter being in on time, we said “it has been a busy week” Indeed it has. Such a mess and so much destruction around our town and area, yet to this point, no life lost.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Christian Men's Fellowship Donates To Youth
Pictured is Jonathan Newlin (far right), Christian Men’s Fellowship co-ordinator, presenting a $500 donation to the Davis Memorial Christian Church youth group, and the youth minister Ashley Hughes (far left). Proceeds were derived from the C.M.F. annuak fish fry.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Amid church closings, Pope says not to be 'anxious'
It's a statistic tourists in Rome often hear while gazing at centuries of glorious architecture: The eternal city contains more than 900 churches.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Praying like an expert
Whenever I teach on prayer, one of the comments that I usually get goes something like this: “I don’t know how to pray. What should I say?”
Friday, November 30, 2018

Tim Lovelace at Tower Hill Free Methodist Church
As a Grammy and Dove nominated artist, this nationally sought after storyteller and musician has been described as the most versatile comedian on stage today. His award winning musical talents, coupled with his crystal clean humor, have people of all ages laughing their ribs loose!
Friday, November 30, 2018

Special Christmas concerts in Pawnee and Thayer
Pawnee United Methodist Church invites everyone to a special evening of Christmas music and ministry presented by the Dysart Family on Saturday, December 1 at 6 p.m. They’re located at 402 Sixth Street (corner of Sixth and Washington Streets), Pawnee, IL 62558. For more information, please call Pastor Chuck Kurfman at either 217-646-8174 or 217-691-5406.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Edinburg Community Choir to perform Dec. 9
The Edinburg Community Choir will present their Christmas cantata “Good News from Home” in the Edinburg United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 9 at 4 p.m.
Friday, November 30, 2018

World premier of 'Revival!' to be held this weekend at Museum of the Bible
An imaginative retelling of the gospel according to John the Apostle featuring original and contemporary gospel music will hold it's world premier Monday, Dec. 4 th at The Museum of The Bible, 400 4th Street SW, Washington, DC. The evening will begin with a VIP cocktail reception and red carpet, followed by performances featuring the film's stars in advance of the evening's 7:30 screening.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Holiday mystery: Where are all the Hanukkah movies?
In the last decade or two, cable television's holiday-movie season has expanded to the point that it starts soon after Labor Day and weeks before Thanksgiving arrives.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Do you want Jesus to return
TAYLORVILLE — I once asked the congregation if they would like to go to heaven. All shook their heads yes. When I asked if they wanted to go today, only a six year old boy after a moment of pondering shook his head yes.
Friday, November 23, 2018

The woman would would become St. Thea of Mississippi
The whispers began before Sister Thea Bowman reached Colorado for one of the final mission trips she would make before dying in 1990 at the age of 52.
Friday, November 23, 2018













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