Riley Manning


Hello! I'm Riley Manning, Religion editor here at the Journal. I graduated from Millsaps in 2011 with a degree in English and a bad habit of correcting other people's grammar. My favorite places to be are on the beach with a book or in a hay field at sun down.

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By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s been rough going for members of First Christian Church in the 10 months since last spring’s tornado flattened their church on McCullough Boulevard. But the congregation of around 75 finally has a light at the end of the tunnel, as architectural plans for a new building were […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal If you ask the Rev. Will Rambo, teaching pastor at The Orchard in Tupelo, one of the funny things about the Holy Land is the proximity of the ancient, the mythical, to the modern. Take occupations, for instance. Fishermen still cast their nets off the coast of Galilee. Shepherds still […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Many of the Christian faithful today will seek a much-needed respite from their own busyness. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a penitential season meant to mirror Jesus’ 40 days of temptation in the wilderness. “There are people who think church should be Christmas and Easter all […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Renowned surgeon and potential presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson drew a standing ovation and even a few amens at Parkgate Pregnancy Clinic’s annual fundraiser at The Orchard. “Mississippi is one of those places where a lot of people have common sense,” said the professor emeritus in neurosurgery at […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Bowl season may have come and gone for football, but for the Salvation Army, the big day is still a few weeks away. The annual Empty Bowls will be March 4 at the Furniture Market’s Building V. The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary is making the big push to […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – Hillcrest Baptist Church in New Albany rolled out the red carpet for some extraordinary guests Friday night. Partnering with the Tim Tebow Foundation, the church welcomed nearly 130 area residents with special needs to come cut a rug at a lavish prom complete with DJ, food, limousine […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Each month, a small group of knowledge-seekers congregate at the Link Centre to contemplate the big things. The Southern Progressive Alliance For Exploring Religion (SPAFER) opens with a light discussion of books attendees have read since the last meeting. Member Steve Stall, for instance, gave a run-down of […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal What is the Bible? Is it a narrative? A history? A manual for life? “There are several different ways to approach the Bible,” said the Rev. Chris McAlilly, pastor of Oxford University United Methodist Church. “A person’s expectations have a lot to do with what they get out of scripture.” […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – In introducing this year’s Junior Auxiliary Citizen of the Year, Junior Auxiliary president Tami Young called upon the verse of British poet Edgar Guest, who said, “I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.” […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo-Lee Humane Society made some space the more pleasant way Friday, as 30 or so dogs of various ages were shipped north to a New Hampshire rescue center. “We typically have between 200 and 250 animals at the shelter at any given time,” said Executive Director Donna […]