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home : news : religion September 19, 2019

Lighthouse church offering after school program
For parents and guardians who are looking for a safe and supportive program for their children after school, the Lighthouse Apostolic Church in Taylorville may have a solution. The Lighthouse Keepers Teen Group, run by Youth Minister Jeremy Rhodes, is offering an after school program for all ages.
Friday, September 13, 2019


Grandparent's Day
Grandparents and Senior Adults were honored Sunday, September 8 at Faith Community Worship Center beginning with a complementary breakfast before services. Upon arrival, the diners were greeted and escorted to their seats by members of the Faith Extreme (F-X) Youth, who were servers for the day. 
Friday, September 13, 2019

I still remember
My granddaughter asked me a very interesting question this week. She asked, “Do you remember the day the airplane crashed into the big buildings.” Of course, she was learning at school about a historical event that happened eleven years before she was born. Her young mind is trying to process the events of that bright September morning, but my mind went back to that day as if it all happened yesterday. She was collecting information and she knew that not only was I old enough to remember September 11, but she also knew we had lived in New York on the day those events took place.  Although, my granddaughter had trouble understanding what I did or did not see on that day, I’ll never forget driving across the Throgs Neck bridge into Queens and seeing the smoke billowing from the end of the Manhattan skyline. It is an image I still remember, and I know I will never forget.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Has there been a "truce" in the protestant worship wars?
If newcomers walk into a Protestant church on Sunday and hear an organ playing, and see hymnals, the odds are good that between 50 and 250 people will be in the pews.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Nature calls for Maryland Church of the Wild
SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) — When Leah Rampy and her husband moved from Washington, D.C., to Shepherdstown, W.Va., last August, she was interested in building community.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Bible Reading Blast at courthouse Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County National Day of Prayer Taskforce will be hosting a "Bible Reading Blast" on the grounds of the Christian County Courthouse, on Sunday, September 8, 2019, starting at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, September 6, 2019

The Redemptions to play at Tower Hill
Friday, September 6, 2019

Wild Goose Festival
TAYLORVILLE — The Wild Goose Festival is annually held in the Appalachian Mountains in Hot Springs, North Carolina.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Tension in Christian college newsrooms
Journalism professors at Christian colleges and universities know the drill all too well.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Together we stand strong
Scripture says “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of the Lord”.  Another says “Times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord”. I want to give testimony to both today.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Edinburg Labor Day Weekend Church Service
— The annual Edinburg community church service will be held as normal on Sunday, September 1st from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Edinburg Park Pavilion, hosted by the Edinburg Ministerial Association.
Friday, August 30, 2019

"Cruise-In Car Show" at Faith Community Worship Center
Saturday, August 31 residents of Taylorville will see classic cars and trucks, antique vehicles, show cars of every type, plus motorcycles heading down South Spresser Street and Highway 40 to the "Cruise in Car Show" at Faith Community Worship Center. Registration is free for the car show, which begins at 10:00 a.m. Lots of prizes will be awarded at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, August 30, 2019

'Miracle house' in Ohio draws pilgrims amid sainthood push
Late in the summer of 1939, crowds of strangers started showing up at Rhoda Wise's house next to a city dump in Ohio after she let it be known that miracles were occurring in her room.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Babylon Bee wrestles with news, reality and satire
When it comes to mainstream journalism, it's hard to imagine a stronger brand than The New Yorker.
Friday, August 30, 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













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