Congregants of First Baptist Church in Longview will welcome several former pastors home this weekend as the church celebrates its 150th anniversary.
Parkview Baptist Church, 2014 S. Green St., Longview, will present a Health Fair from 8:30 a.m. to noon today. Registration is 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Speakers include Joyce Brown, Tonya Fagan, Dorothy Patton and Helen Stephens. The event will include topics such as diabetes, dialysis and cardia…
TUCSON, Ariz. — Alvaro Enciso plants three or four crosses each week in Arizona’s desert borderlands, amid the yellow-blossomed prickly pear and whip-like ocotillo, in honor of migrants who died on the northbound trek.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Race-related tensions within the Southern Baptist Convention are high heading into a national meeting next week. The election of a new SBC president and debate over the concept of systemic racism may prove pivotal for some Black pastors as they decide whether to stay in th…
Elmira Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 3505 Elmira Drive, Longview, will host grief share sessions beginning at 4 p.m. Monday for anyone experiencing recent or previous losses or those wanting to offer support to others during the grieving process. The sessions, led by church member D…
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has changed Catholic Church law to explicitly criminalize the sexual abuse of adults by priests who abuse their authority and to say that laypeople who hold church office also can be sanctioned for similar sex crimes.
BERLIN — A leading German cardinal and confidant of Pope Francis, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, offered to resign Friday over the Catholic Church’s “catastrophic” mishandling of clergy sexual abuse cases, declaring in an extraordinary gesture that the scandals had brought the church to “a dead end.”
A number of years ago I attended a conference at the Harley-Davidson factory in Kansas City. A number of pastors and church leaders assembled at the factory to spend a few days touring the facilities and visiting with the administrators.
Humanity is weary, exhausted and tired of this COVID pandemic. The cry and the desire of many is for our lives and our world to get back to normal. Some have suggested that we would not have our lives back to normal any time soon, instead we will have our lives back to a “new normal.” What “…
Elmira Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 3505 Elmira Drive, Longview, will host grief share sessions beginning at 4 p.m. June 7 for anyone experiencing recent or previous losses or those wanting to offer support to others during the grieving process. The sessions, led by church member D…
A new Bible that includes the U.S. Constitution and the pledge of allegiance is generating controversy before it has even hit the market.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops plans to devote part of its national meeting next month to the sensitive issue of which Catholics are worthy of receiving Communion, despite calls for a delay.
Faith leaders, celebrities and lawmakers across the political spectrum joined Thursday to condemn a rise in antisemitic incidents around the world triggered by the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers.
The escalation of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dismaying American Muslims and Jews who’ve been working to build bridges between their communities and are now struggling to quell fear and anger in their own circles.
The faith community should guide the way on reparations for America’s history of slavery and racial discrimination and help the nation’s process of reconciliation and healing, religious leaders said during a panel held to discuss the issue.
Lately the radio in my head has been playing a lot of Alanis Morissette. It seems every time I turn on the news or scroll through Facebook these days, I hear her voice singing, “Isn’t it ironic?”
ROME — Pope Francis on Tuesday formally created a new lay ministry to encourage greater participation of secular women and men in the teaching of the Catholic faith, especially in places where priests are in short supply.
A comprehensive new survey of Jewish Americans finds them increasingly worried about antisemitism, proud of their cultural heritage and sharply divided about the importance of religious observance in their lives.
Volunteers at Hindu temples, Muslim groups and Sikh relief organizations across the United States are mobilizing to support India as the world’s second most populous country struggles to handle a devastating surge of the coronavirus.
My aunt once asked me if there will be animals in heaven. Perhaps it is a good question to ask during this season when pets have played such an important role in helping us survive COVID. When many of us have had to distance from family, friends, co-workers, and classmates our pets have step…
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Smith County donated surplus computer equipment this week to Mustard Seed Ministries, a nonprofit with a purpose of refurbishing discarded or salvaged technology and giving the revamped tech to local school children.
The story is told of a native from a remote mountain village in the jungle, who had the opportunity to visit a large modern city for the first time. He was amazed at all the bright lights and technology. He stayed and worked in the city for a number of months, saving up as much money as he c…
Jehovah’s Witnesses, known for their door-to-door evangelizing, have had to alter their way of reaching people in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has been a long hard winter. We have hunkered down and worn our masks to survive COVID. Like the disease, winter has resisted letting go its grip. A month ago, Texas was plunged into the harshest winter on record. Two weeks ago, snow swept across the nation’s midsection from Colorado to N…
A sex therapist who publicly challenged her church's teachings on sexuality has been expelled as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to a letter she received Wednesday.
In Georgia, faith leaders are asking corporate executives to condemn laws restricting voting access — or face a boycott. In Arizona and Texas, clergy have assembled outside the state capitols to decry what they view as voter-suppression measures targeting Black and Hispanic people.
Faith leaders in Minnesota and across the United States expressed hope that their advocacy work for racial justice will gain momentum from the guilty verdict rendered against Derek Chauvin, the former police officer convicted of killing George Floyd.
GREENSBURG, Pa. — At the front desk, the kindly nun who greeted visitors is missing, and in the chapel, where stained glass paints the walls with pastels, she no longer waves hello from the last pew on the left. In the convent’s living room, Sister Mary Evelyn Labik isn’t resting in a tan re…
SALT LAKE CITY — After over three years living in a Salt Lake City church to avoid being deported, Honduran immigrant Vicky Chavez stepped outside Thursday with tears in her eyes as church congregants and friends cheered, celebrating her newfound freedom.
A recent Gallup poll has many Christians in our country wringing their hands. Since 1937, Gallup has been tracking the number of Americans who claim to belong to a religious congregation. For over 60 years, that number hovered around 70%. In other words, 70% of Americans claimed to belong to…
PORTLAND, Maine — Islamic leaders are using social media, virtual town halls and face-to-face discussions to spread the word that it’s acceptable to be vaccinated for the coronavirus during daily fasting that happens during Ramadan, the most sacred month of the year for Muslims.
U.S. Sen. Raphael G. Warnock, as pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, gave a sermon Sunday for Easter. But it was a tweet from the Georgia Democrat’s account that day that has triggered far more discussion about theology and politics and what it means to be Christian.
Most of our conversation, it seems, revolves around our bodies and money: how we look, how to stay healthy, how to remain young, how to become wealthy. We spent 2020 hunkered down, masked up and isolated just to stay alive.
For Christians across the United States, Easter services on Sunday will reflect an extra measure of joy as the nation experiences rising optimism after a year of pandemic. Even if still observing restrictions, many churches may draw the largest numbers of in-person worshippers in months.
JERUSALEM — Christians in the Holy Land are marking Good Friday this year amid signs the coronavirus crisis is winding down, with religious sites open to limited numbers of faithful but none of the mass pilgrimages usually seen in the Holy Week leading up to Easter.
The portion of Americans who consider themselves members of a church, synagogue or mosque has dropped below 50%, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. It is the first time that has happened since Gallup first asked the question in 1937, when church membership was 73%.
Human nature loves to find scapegoats – somebody or something we can blame for our problems or to whom we can direct our anger when we don’t know who else to blame. We blame the government, the president, liberals, conservatives, the media, guns, illegal immigrants, our mothers-in-law and th…
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Trying to save jobs as the pandemic pummels Vatican revenues, Pope Francis has ordered pay cuts for cardinals and other clerics, as well as nuns, who work at the Holy See.
Suppose you ever wondered how someone became a Christian in the early period of the Christian church. In that case, you will find an informative description in “Quodvultdeus of Carthage: The Creedal Homilies: Conversion in Fifth-Century North Africa” (translation and commentary by Thomas Mac…
ROME — Pope Francis has invited LGBT advocates to the Vatican. He has spoken warmly about the place of gays in the church. He has called for national laws for same-sex civil unions.
WASHINGTON — More than two dozen clergy members from the capital region rolled up their sleeves inside the Washington National Cathedral and got vaccinated against the coronavirus Tuesday in a camera-friendly event designed to encourage others to get their own COVID-19 shots.
The U.S.-based branch of the Jesuits has unveiled ambitious plans for a “truth and reconciliation” initiative in partnership with descendants of people once enslaved by the Roman Catholic order. The Jesuits pledge to raise $100 million within five years with a broader goal of reaching $1 bil…
In 2009 I bought a 1977 VW Bug. Every fender was dented and it had no bumpers. Peeling paint fluttered in the wind. It was on its last legs. Its next stop, if not with me, would probably be the junk yard. It might have been melted down for scrap metal and recycled as a Porsche. Who knows?
The global Christian ministry founded by the late Ravi Zacharias said Wednesday it will suspend fundraising, lay off 60% of its staff and overhaul its mission in the wake of revelations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with massage therapists and carried on many amorous extramarital rela…
New Beginning Faith Ministry, 609 Caddo Drive in Longview, will celebrate its 20th pastoral anniversary at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Guest: Bishop Stanley Lawson, Unity Tabernacle House of Faith in Kilgore. For information, call (903) 236-2902.
MIAMI BEACH — At the end of a recent Sunday evening Spanish-language Mass, the Rev. Roberto Cid made an announcement that perked up many gray-haired heads.