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Religion

  • Growing church has big dreams

    HOMOSASSA — Every church has a personality.

    For Nature Coast Church in Homosassa, theirs has always been a church that’s a safe haven for broken people.

    They love people; they love the community and love to watch God work to restore individuals and families, said church pastor the Rev. Brad Bresson. He believes it has a lot to do with their understanding of the gospel of grace. They love because they know they are loved by God.

  • Growing the legacy of Anne Frank

    On Jan. 16, Jews all over the world celebrated a holiday called Tu Bishvat, dedicated to nature and the preservation of the environment. Long before “green technology” or before global warming, Jews set aside the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat to rejoice in the coming of spring to the Land of Israel. Since the almond tree blossoms on this date, it was a fitting time to honor trees and nature. 

  • A column 'For the wounded'

    Earlier today I got a jump on spring cleaning and tackled my “column fodder” pile of scribbles and note fragments.

    Sometimes people ask how I think of stuff to write each week. I’d like to say, “The Spirit moves me,” and sometimes that’s hopefully true. Most of the time, however, I read or hear something that sparks a thought. Some result in a full-blown column and some merely snippets.

    Today is a snippets day.

  • GRACE NOTES 1/11/14: Of toenails and helicopters

    Not to get all TMI (“too much information”) on you, but I have this black spot on my toenail.

    When I first noticed it, my over-active, ultra-melodramatic imagination decided it was melanoma and I only had three weeks to live.

    It turned out to be blood underneath the nail from the time I dropped something on it. The doctor diagnosed it as an “owie” and said it would take a long time for it to go away, that the spot would grow out as the nail grows.

  • Vatican tells Legion of Christ: Reform just beginning

    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican delegate running the troubled Legion of Christ urged its priests on Wednesday to elect a new leadership worthy of authority, after suffering for years from shame and suspicion following revelations that its founder was a pedophile.

    He said the new leaders must infuse the religious order with a new spirit to finish a process of reform he said had only just begun.

  • Vatican tells Legion of Christ: Reform just beginning

    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican delegate running the troubled Legion of Christ urged its priests on Wednesday to elect a new leadership worthy of authority, after suffering for years from shame and suspicion following revelations that its founder was a pedophile.

    He said the new leaders must infuse the religious order with a new spirit to finish a process of reform he said had only just begun.

  • Counting for good measure
  • My life according to Facebook

    I’m not big on reflecting upon my life, past, present or future, and now thanks to Facebook I don’t have to — Facebook has done it for me.

    Today I logged onto my page and it said to click here to see my “20 biggest moments” of 2013, culled from my status updates throughout the year. (I’m curious to know how they choose which ones are “big moments.” Where mine are concerned, I’m guessing it may be my use of exclamation points.)

  • GRACE NOTES 12/28/13: Welcome to the 'grand buffet'

    For the past several years on Thanksgiving and Christmas, my husband and I have gone to an out of the way place for their Grand Holiday Buffet — and they ain’t lying.

    That’s one honking spread they put on.

  • Walking a fine line

    ST. LOUIS — Pastor Mike Butzberger insists he only had holiday spirit in mind when his Florida church’s marquee read: “Christmas — Easier to spell than Hanukkah.”

    But after a passer-by told him she found the message offensive and a local television station inquired about it, the Lighthouse Baptist Church preacher hustled to blunt any uproar by begrudgingly changing the sign to: “Jesus Loves You.”