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Religion

  • JUDI'S JOURNAL 11/14/2009: Jewish Florida

    Noted Jewish comic Lenny Bruce, in his famous monologue “Jewish and Goyish,” used to say, “If you live in New York City you are Jewish. It doesn’t matter if you’re Catholic; if you live in New York you are Jewish. If you live in Butte, Mont., you’re going to be goyish even if you’re Jewish.” I might add that South Florida is Jewish, but North Florida is goyish. However, as the following stories illustrate, and even though the Jewish population is not as numerous here, there is certainly a Jewish presence.

  • GRACE NOTES 11/14/2009: Dealing with phantom guilt.

    A patient of the late Dr. Paul Brand had serious and painful circulation problems in his leg, but refused an amputation.

    As his pain increased, so did his bitterness until finally he couldn’t stand it any longer and told Dr. Brand, “Cut it off!”

    However, he wanted his leg preserved in a pickling jar so he could put it on the mantle where he could taunt it — “Ha! You can’t hurt me anymore!”

  • GRACE NOTES 11/07/2009: The value of work

    Today I scrubbed my kitchen floor, on my knees with a bucket of sudsy water and a brush, “Cinderella-style.”

    After that I polished all the stainless steel and rubbed the countertops with stuff that made them gleam. Then I vacuumed all the wayward popcorn from underneath the couch cushions and cleaned both bathrooms.

    When I finally sat down with my can of diet ginger ale, it hit me how good it felt to work with my whole body.

    The scrubbing motion stretched my tight back, and polishing the stainless steel until I could see my reflection made me smile.

  • 10/31/09 ON RELIGION: Sundays with Henry

    Mitch Albom has seen plenty of extremely large men, which isn’t surprising after a quarter century as one of America’s top sports writers.

    But he wasn’t ready for the giant who met him outside the Pilgrim Church’s dilapidated Gothic sanctuary near downtown Detroit. The Rev. Henry Covington was as tall as a basketball player but weighed 400 pounds or more.

  • 10/31/09 GRACE NOTES: Tebow and faith

    Pam Tebow, mother of Gator quarterback Tim Tebow, told the story of her son buying Cocoa Krispies.

    She recently spoke to a packed crowd at First Baptist Church in Crystal River about being a person of influence.

    She said her son “Timmy” normally doesn’t eat sweets, but this one time they were at the store together and he put a box of Cocoa Krispies in the shopping cart.

    A little boy, a Tebow fan, saw the box of cereal and told his mom, “Tim Tebow eats Cocoa Krispies!” and he wanted some, too.

  • History of Hope

    Small churches are like cats, explained the Rev. Gary Clark, pastor of New Hope Methodist Church on Istachatta Road, just inside the Citrus/Hernando County line.

    “No one ever owned a cat,” he said. “It has its own personality, and my first Sunday here, the cat was at work!”

  • Reformation 101

    On Oct. 31, 1517, a German monk named Martin Luther sparked a controversy that split the Roman Catholic Church and birthed the Protestant Reformation.

    Nearly 500 years later, the greatest crisis in the history of the Catholic Church continues to be the  bedrock of Protestantism worldwide.

    Today, Reformation Day, Protestant Christians, especially Lutherans, Presbyterians and other Reformed denominations, celebrate the foundations of their theological distinctives.

  • New center to offer 'fresh hope' for women

    Jesus came to set captives free, to heal broken hearts and bind the wounds of those who have been hurt and abused.

    Donna Sallee, who co-pastors Christ Way Fellowship in Inverness with her husband, Paul, knows first-hand the pain of childhood abuse and the healing power of Christ.

    It’s with that knowledge and experience that she has founded The FresHope Place Women’s Center, a part of FresHope Ministries.

    Although the open house for the center at 130 North Florida Ave. in Inverness isn’t until Sunday, Dec. 6, the ministry has already begun.

  • 10/24/09 ON RELIGION: Mitch Albom's preacher

    Mitch Albom has seen plenty of extremely large men, which isn’t surprising after a quarter century as one of America’s top sports writers.

    But he wasn’t ready for the giant who met him outside the Pilgrim Church’s dilapidated Gothic sanctuary near downtown Detroit. The Rev. Henry Covington was as tall as a basketball player, but weighed 400 pounds or more.

  • 10/24/09 GRACE NOTES: Idol factory open

    Today I did not go to Bealls Outlet next to Publix in Inverness.

    That may not mean much to you, but to me it was a major big deal.

    Lately, I haven’t been able to stop at Publix without checking out the outlet. Even if I park far away I’ll say, “I need to walk more,” and head over to see what’s new at Bealls.