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Religion

  • Less religion, more grace

    Last Saturday, Larry Silverman caught a catfish, which he considers a miracle, a moment of light after a year of incredible darkness.

    Larry is the pastor of New Covenant of Grace Fellowship in Inverness.

    Last year, Larry had a loose tooth, and shortly after he had it pulled he was diagnosed with cancer in his mouth. As a result, he had part of his tongue removed and his jaw reconstructed using a bone and skin from his leg. He now eats through a feeding tube.

  • Diamond anniversary

    Back in the day, longtime Inverness resident Clarence Stokes faithfully brought his family to church every Sunday — all the way to Oxford in Sumter County, 30-plus miles from the family homestead on Old Floral City Road.

    “We always drove over to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Oxford at that old country church where my mama was raised,” said Juanita Shipp, the oldest of three of Joseph Stokes’ daughters. 

  • Grace Notes 11/19/16: Psalm for Thanksgiving

    Editor’s note: Nancy Kennedy has been writing an annual psalm of thanksgiving since 1999 when she first started writing her column.

    Dear God,

    Here I am again, my 17th year of making public my thanks and gratitude to you for yet another year of your faithful kindness and goodness to me.

  • Need wisdom?

    I know stuff, although most of it is useless.

    Like, only 30 percent of people can flare their nostrils.

    I know that two-thirds of people tilt their heads to the right when they kiss and that supposedly chewing gum while cutting onions will keep you from crying. Since I don’t chew gum, I don’t know how true that is. I also don’t know why onions make you cry.

  • When sin is ... good?

    Here’s a question for you: When is sin a good thing?

    Recently, I heard a preacher say, “The greatest gift that God gives to the people he loves is their sin — when they know it.”

    I’ll let you digest that for a minute.

    The preacher did NOT say that God thinks sin is good. Sin is what separates the creature from the Creator, the very thing that caused Jesus to die for us.

  • God still stills restless hearts

    By the time I left the newsroom I was ready to rip out my hair or stick a hot poker in my ears.

    All day the noise and commotion drove me to distraction — and it had been a fairly quiet day. I was alone in the pod I share with two other reporters and my phone only rang once.

  • Village of Samaritans provide sanctuary

    MOUNT GERIZIM, West Bank — In one of the tensest corners of the West Bank, Israeli settlers and Palestinians live in separate worlds. But there is a spot on the top of a mountain that connects them both: a village of Samaritans.

  • Local Baptists bring good news to Kentucky

    Recently, 20 people from seven local Southern Baptist churches traveled to Booneville, Kentucky, population 81, one of the poorest areas in the United States, for a seven-day mission trip.

    There, the mission sits north of the courthouse square. Drive one lane around the courthouse, exit the other side and that’s where you’ll find the Baptist church.

    Pastor Jimmy Garland leads the church and his wife, Vanessa, runs the mission. 

  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton welcomes new pastor

    Elisha Neubauer

    For the Chronicle

    The Rev. Sojan Punakkattu has always known he wanted to serve the church. 

    From an early age, Punakkattu had an obvious devotion to his faith. As a young boy, he would spend his time mimicking Mass. While other children his age were pretending to be doctors or astronauts, Punakkattu was performing the stanch rituals of the Catholic Church. 

  • Pope speaks for immigrants

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has denounced the forced repatriation of unaccompanied children migrants who flee wars and poverty, saying countries should try to meet their needs rather than return them to uncertain futures back home.

    Francis took up the plight of child migrants in his annual message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Thursday.