The past few weeks, I have presided at more funerals than I have in any six-month period in my ministry. In so doing, I have witnessed grief so deep that I have been shaken, humbled, and reminded how quickly life changes. The story of Horatio Spafford came to mind more than once over these weeks.
First Baptist Church of Rincon will present its annual Christmas musical, "The Heart of Christmas," on Sunday at 6 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Rincon will host the annual Rincon Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday at 6 p.m.
Two Effingham County churches are among the drop-off locations for the national collection week for Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts.
A 14-foot snowflake tree will adorn the First Baptist Church of Rincon float in this year's Rincon Lions Club Christmas parade, with 20 individualized snowflakes, one for each student killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newton, Conn., last year, said Bill Gammon, FBC Rincon associate pastor.
First Baptist Church of Rincon will be providing free dental and medical exams, free children's clothing and a free car wash as part of its annual fall festival Oct. 26 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be free medical exams (basic check-ups such as blood pressure and eye checks), a free car wash, free children's clothing giveaway, in addition to more traditional fall festival activities such as children's games and booths.
On Sept. 8, Zion Lutheran Church joined together with the 4 million members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in nearly 10,000 congregations to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ELCA. At Zion, this opportunity was used to serve school children around the world by making and filling 70 school kits.
The Annie Moses Band epitomizes the notion that the family that plays together, stays together.
A team of 19 First Baptist Church of Rincon volunteers went to Sanyati, Zimbabwe, last month. While there, they presented "True Love Waits" to sixth- and seventh-graders, and read Bible stories, played music and games and performed puppetry for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Dr. Darren W. Thomas, minister of education at the First Baptist Church of Springfield, will be leaving Springfield to begin a new ministry position with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Asheville, N.C.
An upcoming 5K race will benefit a local church's mission trip to Africa this summer.
Local Sunday schools are invited to participate in the 134th annual Sunday School Convention on May 5 at the Effingham County Methodist Campground.
Churches in Effingham County conducted a creative weekend of evangelistic events on April 11-14 that drew thousands of participants and impacted the lives of over 500 people who made spiritual decisions.
The public is invited to the annual Rincon Community Holy Week Services, March 25-29, at First Baptist Church of Rincon. Services begin at 12:05 p.m. at conclude at 12:30 p.m. each day in the sanctuary, followed by a light lunch in the church's Memorial Chapel.
Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church held a special installation service on Feb. 10. The Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi led the service installing the Rev. Dr. James L. Cavanah II at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Springfield.
I have certainly heard the lament of Christian leaders who assert that we are living in a "post-Christian" era. That may be. But what I am seeing is more "Christian-phobia" than anything suggesting Christian beliefs, morals, and values are obsolete. The latest installment comes from Pennsylvania.
If you've been in Effingham more than a few decades, you've likely heard the refrain of long-time residents: "We gotta keep all those folks from Chatham from coming up here and messin' up our county." Crime and crowding are often key flashpoints in the conversation. On the other side are new residents who ask for a little grace, given the fact that they are paying taxes and increasing the property values of those long-time residents and landowners.
Even in a place as ordinary as Larry's Deli in Rincon can eternal truths be spoken.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Septimius Severus, Roman emperor from 193 to 211 AD, was a psychopath and sociopath. Citizens in his empire who had religious views different from his, particularly Christians and Jews, were persecuted severely during his reign. He made Nero and Domitian look like Girl Scouts, sane ones.
During my seminary days, I wrote the following words in my notes. I believe I was studying an Orthodox priest at the time. So, these are likely a paraphrase of his thoughts. I have found them helpful in my Christian walk and have referred to them often. Unfortunately, when I review them I realize how much I fall short.
I write this having just said goodbye to the producer and camera crew of the TV show "Inside Edition." They contacted me a few weeks ago, asking for an interview about my biomechanics research on local weightlifter CJ Cummings.
Since the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937, it has been an attraction for those wanting to commit suicide. Only 2 percent survive the jump. It is 220 feet down and when jumpers hit, they still have to contend with the cold, extremely swift water.
She felt nothing but sadness, though there was little in her life to warrant such sadness. She had trouble getting out of bed, yet even when she did, she could barely muster the energy to perform even the most basic daily chores. This troubled woman - a middle-aged graduate student who came to see me years ago - was in a black hole a mile deep and could see no way out.
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