First Baptist Church, 209 E. South St., Longview, will have its 78th annual “Carols and Candles” service at 6 p.m. Sunday. The event will include Christmas carols featuring the sanctuary choir, children’s choir, Bella Voce women’s chorus, Alleluia Young Women’s Ensemble, handbells and orches…

First Baptist Church, 209 E. South St., Longview, will have its 78th annual “Carols and Candles” service at 6 p.m. Dec. 5. The event will include Christmas carols featuring the sanctuary choir, children’s choir, Bella Voce women’s chorus, Alleluia Young Women’s Ensemble, handbells and orches…

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BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Ahead of Christmas, a towering wooden screen — once blackened with soot from millions of worshippers’ candles — is being restored to its gilded glory in the Church of the Nativity, built at the site where many believe Jesus was born.

As a child, I would sometimes complain to my dad, “I’m bored! Can I watch something?” Baked into my complaint was the idea that there wasn’t anything that could entertain me except for one thing: the T.V. My dad’s rebuttal was always the same: “There’s no such thing as boredom — just boring …

Why do diamonds sparkle? In part, it has to do with how hard and clear diamonds are. It also has to do with how light reacts within the prism of the diamond. In the end, though, diamonds sparkle mainly because of the way they are cut.

New Beginning Faith Ministry, 609 Caddo Drive, Longview, will hold pre-registration for “Feast in the Wilderness” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Must pre-register and children must accompany adult for registration and for giveaway. The giveaway will be 10 a.m. Dec. 25. For information, call 9…

“Believe” is an interesting word. Sometimes we use it to indicate doubt. If we are not entirely certain of something, we will say, “I believe so.” For instance, if someone asks, “Are your friends joining us for dinner?” We will say, “I believe so,” meaning, I think they are, but I am not qui…

Where do bass and crappie move in the fall? How should fishing tactics change? Do you find yourself watching videos on YouTube to answer questions and learn new skills? Teens are at the forefront of this trend, with YouTube as their preferred way of searching the internet.

Valley View Baptist Church, 1602 Alpine Road, Longview, will have “Fall Fest” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Guests can come dressed in their favorite family-friendly costumes and enjoy magic performances, balloon animals, free food and drinks, live music. Attractions include a toddler hayrid…

It’s official. Facebook has changed its name. Mark Zuckerberg announced this week that Facebook shall henceforth be known as “Meta” (short for “Metaverse”).

Is temptation in and of itself morally wrong? What do philosophers say about our tempting desires? What do theologians say? A 7th annual symposium in Kilgore will take up the topic “Are we responsible for our tempting desires?” and all are welcome to join in the discussion with their questions and comments at the free event, Sunday, Oct. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Devall Student Center Ballroom on the campus of Kilgore College (1116 Broadway Blvd. between Nolen and Elder Streets in Kilgore).

First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Fredonia St., Longview, will have a “Fall Festival” from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday on the north lawn. Activities include face painting, games, food. For information, call (903) 753-4463.

I first heard Billy Graham preach in 1970 at Cowboys Stadium in Irving. The legendary teams of Tom Landry had yet to play in the stadium, which was in its last stages of construction.

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The spiritual leader of the world’s 200 million Eastern Orthodox Christians brings an agenda spanning religious, political and environmental issues to a 12-day U.S. visit beginning Saturday that includes a meeting with President Joe Biden and various ceremonial and interfaith gatherings.

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In Ghana, home to a diverse array of religions, leaders of major churches have united in denouncing homosexuality as a “perversion” and endorsing legislation that would, if enacted, impose some of the harshest anti-LGBTQ policies in Africa.

The year was 1988 – my freshman year in high school. “Die Hard” was the big summer blockbuster. Roseanne Barr was becoming a household name. George H.W. Bush was elected president.

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Faith-based groups — many of them longtime advocates for a more welcoming immigration policy — have been scrambling to keep up with fast-paced developments in the Haitian migrant crisis, trying to assist those in need while assailing the harsh Border Patrol tactics employed against them.

St. Theresa Catholic Church, 10138 Union Grove Road, Gladewater, is having a centennial celebration Sunday, beginning with a Mass at 8:30 a.m. by Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler. The celebration also will include barbecue, games, fellowship and a tree planting. Some of the women of the chu…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A top Southern Baptist Convention committee is facing mounting pressure from within the denomination to move forward without further delay an investigation into how it handled sexual abuse allegations.

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Washington National Cathedral announced Thursday it has chosen contemporary artist Kerry James Marshall, renowned for his wide-ranging works depicting African American life, to design new stained-glass windows with themes of racial justice that will replace a set with Confederate imagery tha…

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NEW YORK — Amid the Boy Scouts of America’s complex bankruptcy case, there is worsening friction between the BSA and the major religious groups that help it run thousands of scout units. At issue: the churches’ fears that an eventual settlement — while protecting the BSA from future sex-abus…

Growing Valley Baptist Church, 209 Harlem St., Longview, will honor the Rev. Kelvin Lynch and wife, Donna Lynch, during its 10th Pastoral Appreciation Service at 10 a.m. Sunday. East Mount Olive Baptist District Association will have its 81st annual session from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at He…

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The new Texas law that bans most abortions in the state has been welcomed by many of the religious leaders who help bolster the anti-abortion movement. Yet some abortion opponents in U.S. religious circles are wary of the law and questioning the movement’s current direction.

New Beginnings Baptist Church, 2137 E. George Richey Road in Longview and 1977 Highway 155 N., in Gilmer, has scheduled a “For the City Serve Day” rally beginning at 8 a.m. today, with both campuses serving through projects in Gregg, Upshur and Harrison counties. Areas of community service i…

A year ago the stadiums were empty. At the U.S. Open, Arthur Ashe echoed like an empty cavern, its silence disturbed by the smash of a tennis racquet on the ball and the grunts of the competitors. Major League baseball completed an abbreviated season in front of empty seats with cardboard cu…

St. Matthew Catholic Church, 2800 Pine Tree Road, Longview, has scheduled a Blue Mass honoring first responders at noon Wednesday in the St. John Paul Center at the church, 2904 Arrow Lane. The Rev. Xavier Pappu, St. Matthew pastor, has planned a short prayer service and luncheon. For inform…

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SALT LAKE CITY — After more than a year of attending church virtually, Monique Allen has struggled to explain to her asthmatic daughter why people from their congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints don’t wear masks. Allen said she has taught her daughter that wearing …

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America’s major religions and denominations, often divided on other big issues, have united behind the effort to help receive an influx of refugees from Afghanistan following the end of the United States’ longest war and one of the largest airlifts in history.

New Beginning Faith Ministry, 609 Caddo Drive, Longview, is continuing its back-to-school giveaway with treat bags for children and grocery bags for adults beginning at 11 a.m. today. Also available will be student uniforms, backpacks, school supplies and more. First come, first served. Orga…

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TUCSON, Ariz. — A blast of festive trumpet flourishes and guitarrón bass breaks the solemn hush of Mass on a torrid August desert morning. Decked out in gold-embroidered suits, nine musicians pick, strum and trumpet the entrance hymn under tall stained-glass windows.

One of the liveliest discussions in Biblical Literature class (a first-year course we teach to our students to understand the big picture of the Bible) occurs as we near the end of the semester.

New Beginnings Baptist Church, 2137 E. George Richey Road, Longview, is having a Foster Care and Adoption event, 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The event will include a panel of speakers who specialize in foster care and adoption. Also included will be child care and dinner and information booths. Info…

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Dr. Danny Avula, the head of Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccination effort, suspected he might have a problem getting pastors to publicly advocate for the shots when some members of his own church referred to them as “the mark of the beast,” a biblical reference to allegiance to the devil, and the …

Those who read this column regularly are familiar with Buddy, our tri-color corgi. We adopted Buddy in 2009 and across the years I have written numerous columns about all the things Buddy has taught me.