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home : news : religion 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

Trinity Lutheran Hosts Missionary To Russia
Trinity Lutheran Church's Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) sponsored Alyssa Anders, a missionary to Russia, on Sunday, May 20, to a catered dinner and presentation.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Methodist Church honors graduates
The high school graduates and their families were honored at a luncheon Sunday, May 19 in the fellowship hall of Taylorville First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Susie McClure was the guest speaker. Scholarships were awarded to the grads by Mr. Bob Febus Chair of Staff-Parish Relations Committee.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Fairview United Methodist Church observing 150th anniversary this Sunday
The history and heritage of Fairview United Methodist Church along Bear Creek Road in southern Christian County will be celebrated on Sunday, May 26, 2019 with special services. It will start at 10:00 a.m.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Catholic hockey camp combines sport and faith
Boys and girls ages 7 through 17 interested in beefing up their hockey skills and boosting their spiritual lives at the same time are encouraged to register for the Catholic Hockey Camp, coming to the Nelson Center in Springfield June 17-19.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Faith Community Worship Center honors grads
Faith Community Worship Center honored graduates celebrating any educational milestone on Sunday morning,  May 19. Youth Pastor Jeff Hefner created a powerpoint featuring a photograph of each of the fourteen graduates and the school they graduated from. Youth Pastor Jami Hefner read the school accomplishments as well as the future plans of each graduate as they came to the platform, and presented the student with gifts and cards from the church.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Becoming the Body
Incarnation, from the Latin incarnatio, means and refers to the act of becoming flesh. When speaking of Jesus Christ in the New Testament this word doesn’t actually appear (because the New Testament was written in Greek), though John 1:14 seems to get at the point – “And the Word became flesh . . .” What a strange way to understand God when you think about it.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Doctrines of the divided United Methodists: Part II
The word "conversion" has been at the heart of Christianity for two millennia, with missionaries and evangelists urging sinners to repent and change their wicked ways.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Are yoga and mindfulness in schools religious?
The number of U.S. children age 4 to 17 practicing yoga rose from 2.3% to 8.4%  or from 1.3 million to 4.9 million  between 2007 and 2017, federal data show. The number of children meditating rose to 3.1 million during the same period.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Keep up your courage
During this time of year, we are fully immersed in the “graduation” season. From Kindergarten to High School, from Associate degrees to PHD’s, so many take the proverbial “next step” in their life journey upon completion of a particular area of study. There is usually a mixture of excitement and apprehension as one significant phase of life ends and another begins. So, I want to say first of all, “Congratulations” to the many graduates and their families. This is truly a great accomplishment that deserves a genuine celebration.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Ministerial Assoc. to host Church Family Feud
The Church Family Feud will occur on Friday, June 21, at 6:00 p.m. in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Old fault lines in divided Methodism: Part 1
It was one of those General Conference debates in which the regional accents of the United Methodists at the microphones were part of the drama.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Minister's Message: An old cat
TAYLORVILLE — Barb and I have a 16 year old cat named Moltar. Like any living being the process of aging has taken ahold of her. In recent years, her appetite has decreased. We have tried all kinds of wet and dry cat food for her to eat. Yet, she has become picky and does not eat much.
Friday, May 10, 2019

The God-shaped hole in the 'Avengers' universe
As most occupants of planet Earth know, last year's "Avengers: Infinity War" ended with the genocidal demigod Thanos using six "infinity stones" to erase half of all life in the universe.
Friday, May 10, 2019

Faith Community celebrates 17th Founders Day
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville invites friends from the community to join them on Sunday, May 4 at 10 a.m. as the church celebrates their 17th Annual Founders Day. Those who played any part in the establishment or growth of FCWC are particularly invited to the special day.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Kincaid Church of God says farewell to pastors
KINCAID — For the last three years, Pastors Chris and Sarah Rose have been working side by side with the leadership and pastoral team at Kincaid Church of God, and with much excitement and sadness announced on Sunday, April 28th that they will be leaving KCOG as they are accepting a new youth pastor position in Bethalto, Ill. at the Bethalto Church of God.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Minister's Message: Climate change?
TAYLORVILLE — We hear much about climate change these days. The subject brings sharp division in our culture. Causes cited are many, but most who side with climate change agree that it is man-made. Fear is released by several declaring we only have a short time to correct it or the world will be destroyed.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Minister's Message
Climate change?
Stan Pratt, Pastor
The Way of Life Church
TAYLORVILLE — We hear much about climate change these days. The subject brings sharp division in our culture. Causes cited are many, but most who side with climate change agree that it is man-made. Fear is released by several declaring we only have a short time to correct it or the world will be destroyed.



Friday, May 3, 2019

Faith Community celebrates 17th Founders Day
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville invites friends from the community to join them on Sunday, May 4 at 10 a.m. as the church celebrates their 17th Annual Founders Day. Those who played any part in the establishment or growth of FCWC are particularly invited to the special day.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Kincaid Church of God says farewell to pastors
KINCAID — For the last three years, Pastors Chris and Sarah Rose have been working side by side with the leadership and pastoral team at Kincaid Church of God, and with much excitement and sadness announced on Sunday, April 28th that they will be leaving KCOG as they are accepting a new youth pastor position in Bethalto, Ill. at the Bethalto Church of God.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Evangelical Free Church welcomes new co-pastor
Friday, May 3, 2019

Faith Community hosts Eggstravaganza egg hunt
The weather was windy, but sunny. Everywhere one looked, children were smiling and having a great time. Over 350  registered children, parents and 37 FCWC workers were on our FCWC grounds for another great Egg Hunt. Children and adults alike enjoyed breakfast and free Kona ice drinks while they waited for the hunt to begin. They heard a Bible lesson and played on the church playground equipment.
Friday, April 26, 2019

House on the Rock hosting movie night May 17
A free movie night at House on the Rock Church, 314 N. Grant St. in Edinburg, will be held Friday, May 17. The showing of “A long way off”, a beautifully made movie that chan change lives starts at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Concert May 4 at Tower Hill Free Methodist
Johnathan Len will be in concert at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church on May 4 at 5 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 2019

AP joins global initiative to expand religion reporting
The Associated Press is joining with the Religion News Service and the nonprofit publisher The Conversation to form a global initiative to expand news reporting on religion in the United States and around the world.
Friday, April 26, 2019

After the holidays
We’ve just come through the Easter season, and for Christians, this is the height of our celebration of Jesus. Because of the buildup before Easter, It can be a bit of a letdown after Easter. What’s next? Summer will soon be here, and people will go in different directions for vacations and long weekends. Some of the excitement that runs from Christmas through Lent and Easter will fade. The church calendar may look a bit empty for a few weeks.
Friday, April 26, 2019

National Day of Prayer will be observed on May 2
The National Day of Prayer will be observed on Thursday, May 2, 2019. The theme for this year's observance is "Love One Another", which is based on John 13:34, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another."
Friday, April 26, 2019

Chicago Gosepl Fest plans tribute to Aretha
The year’s Chicago Gospel Music Festival will include a tribute to the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Religious fault lines and empty pews in 'Alienated America'
In the spring of 2016, Wall Street Journal reporters went hunting for the heart of Make America Great Again territory and ended up in Buchanan County, Virginia, near the borders of Kentucky and West Virginia.
Friday, April 26, 2019















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