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home : news : religion March 18, 2019

Town ravaged by tornado prays at church that sheltered many
The pastor of a church that became a center for shelter, help and grieving when a tornado killed 23 people in eastern Alabama said in his first Sunday service after the storm that the Lord has reached out his hand to the community.
Friday, March 15, 2019


Minister's Message: Trust The Lord
TAYLORVILLE — So much seems to be happening so fast in our culture these days, that it is often difficult to keep up. Laws contrary to the Christian beliefs of so many of us. Taxes raised time and again. Political leaders promising one thing and delivering another.
Friday, March 15, 2019

Organ concert at Sanctuary of Central Christian Church
On Sunday, March 24, the Santucary of Central Christian Church will be hosting organist Dr. Sherer for a free concert at 4:00 p.m. The church is located at 650 West Williams Street in Decatur.
Friday, March 15, 2019

What drives the appeal of 'Passion of the Christ' and other films on the life of Jesus
Church isn't the only place people go to learn about Jesus.
Friday, March 8, 2019

Treasures
TAYLORVILLE — Lent began this week with Ash Wednesday, and this gives Christians an opportunity to reflect on where our lives are and to evaluate whether we are growing in our relationship with God. Do we know God better than we did a year ago?
Friday, March 8, 2019

Doing the global United Methodist math
For more than 30 years, the Reconciling Ministries Network has openly opposed United Methodist teachings that marriage is the "union of one man and one woman" and "the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching."
Friday, March 8, 2019

Area churches holding Ash Wednesday services
Friday, March 1, 2019

When the church
When the Church stands firm in the Word of God, she will suffer persecution, rejections, division and the blessings of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Davis receives award for defending religious liberty
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) yesterday received an award from the Christian Science Committee on Publication and Principia College for his legislation that was signed into law that protects religious liberty by expanding the religious conscience exemption under Obamacare.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Cross case could affect monuments nationally
A 40-foot-tall, concrete cross on public land in a Maryland suburb of Washington is at the center of a case before the Supreme Court. But similar monuments elsewhere in the country could be affected by the high court ruling, states have told the justices.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Vatican sex-abuse summit - Sister Veronica faces men in black
At the end of the movie "Spotlight," the screen went black before a message appeared noting that in 2002 alone, The Boston Globe's investigative reporting team published nearly 600 stories about sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Vatican abuse summit seeks culture of accountability
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals attending Pope Francis’ summit on preventing clergy sex abuse called Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors when they fail to protect their flocks from predator priests.
Friday, February 22, 2019

Church of England: Sunday services not mandatory
LONDON (AP) — The Church of England has acknowledged the reality of shrinking congregations and overworked priests and lifted a 400-year-old rule requiring that all churches hold services every Sunday.
Friday, February 22, 2019

The "To Do" List
TAYLORVILLE — How many of us make lists? Grocery lists, birthday lists, shopping lists, and to-do lists. When you make a shopping list, do you stick with just what you have written down, or do you get other things while you are at it?
Friday, February 22, 2019

'Christian' music? Instrumental voyages into spiritual territory
While recording his "Beyond Nature" album, Phil Keaggy spent many hours doing three things -- playing acoustic guitar, taking long walks in the woods and reading books by C.S. "Jack" Lewis.
Friday, February 22, 2019

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










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