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  • First Baptist welcomes new pastor

    Elisha Neubauer

    Correspondent

    There have been some new additions at the First Baptist Church of Inverness recently, starting with its new senior pastor, Byron Brown, who presented his first service there on May 22. While he just recently arrived in the community, his path to First Baptist Church started long ago. 

  • Praying for serenity

    I’ve been thinking a lot about the Serenity Prayer.

    That’s the one that goes: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

    Although the prayer is often attributed to St. Francis, it was written in 1926 by Reinhold Niebuhr, a Lutheran theologian.

  • Prayerful pose

    Can a Christian in good conscience practice yoga?

    It depends on who you ask. For decades, Christian culture has wrestled with what to do with yoga: Is it a religion? Is it, as some believe, actually anti-Christian, a gateway to Eastern religions that deny the deity of Christ and other principles of the Christian faith?

    Enter Holy Yoga, the Christian-based yoga practice developed in 2005 by Brooke Boon, an avid yoga student and instructor.

  • Shoes of grace

    I wish you could walk in my shoes.

    I’m talking about my Skechers round-toed EZ Flex 2 Sweetpea slip-ons with the softest, most cushiony memory foam footbeds that feel like I’m walking on pillows.

    I have three pairs — black, gray and powder blue. Today I’m wearing the powder blue ones.

    They are the most comfortable shoes I own and quite possibly the most comfortable shoes I may have ever worn before in my entire life.

  • Sanctuary in Israel
  • Grace Notes 5/21/2016: How not to 'flunk' sainthood

    On my last birthday I turned 61.

    I thought by this age I’d get the hang of the whole sainthood thing, at least the Protestant definition of a saint as simply being a follower of Jesus, although that somehow doesn’t seem to be enough. Shouldn’t there be more to it than that? Hitting a benchmark of obedience? Praying without ceasing? Saying no to temptation eight out of 10 times, or at least two out of 10?

    If so, then I’m a poor excuse for a “saint.”

  • 'A chocolate whodunit': Evangelism group stages mystery dinner theater

    Ever since Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney first cried out, “Let’s put on a show!” to save the beleaguered orphanage, other nonprofits have dared to do the same. On Friday, May 6, Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) of Citrus-Hernando ventured into the uncharted waters of mystery dinner theater.

  • Grace Notes 5/14/2015: Shining a light on family secrets

    When my oldest daughter was 4 or 5 we were riding with my mom and Alison blurted out, “Grandma, want to know a family secret?”

    I sat in the passenger seat frozen, not sure what my daughter was about to say.

    “It’s like Dad wearing Mom’s underwear,” Alison said.

  • Keeping the faith

    Diane Dobry

    Correspondent

    Aristotle said, “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference,” and that is ever on the minds of church leaders seeking to involve younger generations in their worship services.

  • Grace Notes 5/7/2016: A beautiful, broken life

    When Michelle Smith talks about God, tears trickle down her cheeks.

    A 13th-generation native Floridian, she’s selling or giving away all of her possessions to move to the Congo in central Africa, one of the most volatile areas on the planet.