• Keeping the faith

    Diane Dobry


    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.

  • International ministry has roots in Citrus County

    As members of the Lecanto High School Class of 2007 got on the bus to leave for their post-commencement Project Graduation party, Amethyst (Rodriguez) Roth was getting into her mother’s car, heading for the Orlando airport.

    Her suitcases were packed — she was ready to go, on her way to Zambia, Africa, 7,000 miles away.

  • Home away from home

    Michelle Smith is going home.

    Although she’s a 13th-generation Floridian who grew up in Citrus County, next month she’ll be leaving for the Democratic Republic of the Congo to join her team at Rally International, a Christian organization that “works to transform closed and conflict-ridden regions by building communities that promote reconciliation, education, health and social development.”

  • Parenting workshop at local church this Sunday

    Cornerstone Baptist Church is hosting the free parenting workshop “Parenting the Smartphone Generation” from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, at the Inverness church.

    National speaker and author Jonathan McKee will be presenting positive steps on raising teenagers in a world where so much is a touch of a finger away on smartphones and computers.

  • Orthodox Christians to celebrate Easter

    Easter will be celebrated tomorrow by over 300 million Orthodox Christians throughout the world. This great feast of the Church, known as Holy Pascha, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead following his crucifixion and burial.

  • A day of prayer

    Diane Dobry

    For the Chronicle

    The 65th National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 5, celebrates the theme “Shout it Aloud! Do not hold back! Raise your voice like a trumpet,” based on the Biblical verse from Isaiah 58:1.

  • Grace Notes 4/16/2016: A God I can yell at

    Every Saturday morning I go to the Panera near my house and write my column for the following week.

    I order an egg white and cheese breakfast sandwich and a small coffee and sit at the table that faces the big window so I can watch the traffic go by.

    I spread my stuff out, my notepad and pen and laptop and assorted notes. Most weeks I already know what I’m going to write about, but not always.

  • The Bible — banned?

    Hillel Italie

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK — On the latest list of books most objected to at public schools and libraries, one title has been targeted nationwide, at times for the sex and violence it contains, but mostly for the legal issues it raises.

    The Bible.

  • Love and the law

    Nicole Winfield and Rachel Zoll

    Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Friday that Catholics should look to their own consciences rather than rely exclusively on church rules to negotiate the complexities of sex, marriage and family life, demanding the church shift emphasis from doctrine to mercy in confronting some of the thorniest issues facing the faithful.