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It's the little things
On a lovely day in 1941, Swiss inventor George de Mestral took his dog out for a walk. When he arrived home, George noticed that both he and his dog were covered in sticky little thistle burrs. Fascinated by these very small, poky pieces of plant matter, George immediately began inspecting the burrs under his microscope.
Friday, January 22, 2021


Grace Baptist to offer reading class
The Grace Baptist Church in Taylorville will be offering a special reading class to encourage kids in kindergarten through second grade to fall in love with reading.  

The class is called “Need to Read” and it includes phonics games, snack time, and a Bible story. The class is a 10 week session and begins next Thursday, January 21st, and meet every Thursday till, March 25th. 

Friday, January 15, 2021

Sanctity of Human Life, Compassion services at Kincaid Church of God
The Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) will hold two special services on January 17, 2021 to honor the blessing God gives in human life.

A morning service at 10:30 a.m. will be held regarding the Sanctity of Human Life, followed by a Compassion Service at 6 p.m. This later service will have an emphasis for those who have been impacted by abortion.

Friday, January 15, 2021

In-person worship this Sunday at Mt. Auburn Methodist Church
The Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church will be holding in person worship on Sunday, January 17, 2021. Pastor Diwan Tiwade has been appointed to serve the church. Worship services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Masks and social distancing are still required.
Friday, January 15, 2021

It will get better
TAYLORVILLE — Below is a column I wrote in Davis Memorial Christian’s newsletter. Though we are past Christmas. I think this message is especially important at this moment in history.
Friday, January 8, 2021

On Religion
IT DOESN'T HELP WHEN BELIEVERS JOIN AMERICA'S ONLINE MOBS

It seemed that whenever the Rev. Daniel Darling ventured into social media, he saw the same red flags -- so he posted a commentary on "Christians and Conspiracy Theories."

Friday, January 8, 2021

COVID was years top religion story. But which story?
There was never any question whether the global coronavirus pandemic would be named the most important religion-news story of 2020.
Thursday, December 31, 2020

President in the pews: DC churches offer Biden options
His motorcade thunders around Delaware, snarling traffic. Everywhere he goes, a security team envelops him and a pack of journalists trails behind.

Yet President-elect Joe Biden enters his church, St. Joseph on the Brandywine, with startlingly little interruption.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

The complicated realities of Covid-tide in 2020
Rather than preparing for a joyous Christmastide, believers are making tough decisions about how to celebrate during a season some call COVID-tide.

What about that beloved Christmas cantata or children's pageant? Government regulations about singing vary nationwide.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Episcopal leaders on church's groundhog day nightmares
With America facing a bitterly divisive election, Episcopal Church leaders did what they do in tense times -- they held a National Cathedral service rallying the Washington, D.C., establishment.
Friday, December 11, 2020

Christmas is coming!
TAYLORVILLE — Several years ago, during the great depression, a particular family found themselves struggling to afford anything but the bare necessities. One day the news came that a circus was coming to town. Tickets cost one dollar. The little boy came running home excited and eager to get the money from his dad.
Friday, November 27, 2020

Justice Samuel Alito on America's First Amendment wars
Almost a half-century ago, comedian George Carlin recorded his controversial "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" monologue.

That was then.

"Today, it would be easy to create a new list entitled, 'Things you can't say if you are a student or a professor at a college or university, or an employee of many big corporations.' And there wouldn't be just seven items on that list -- 70 times seven would be closer to the mark," said U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, via Zoom, at the recent Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention.

Discussing religious beliefs, he argued, has become especially dangerous.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Stand Firm
TAYLORVILLE — 1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on the alert, STAND FIRM in the faith, act like men, be strong. Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore KEEP STANDING FIRM and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to STAND FIRM against the schemes of the devil. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 So then, brethren,STAND FIRM and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.
Friday, November 13, 2020

Two Charming Congregations
Friday, November 13, 2020

Background Noise
TAYLORVILLE — During this time of year, I keep a small space heater running in my office whenever I’m there, just to knock the chill off. It automatically turns on and off during the day depending on how warm I want the office to be. When the heater comes on, I notice the sound of the fan, but after a few seconds, minutes at most, I forget that it is running as I focus on the tasks at hand. The heater becomes background noise.
Friday, November 6, 2020

Many young Americans just don't get the Holocaust
It was the kind of open-ended question researchers ask when they want survey participants to have every possible chance to give a good answer.
Friday, October 30, 2020






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