I almost got killed by a tornado at the fair. It’s trashy, but it’s true. I feel that I need to explain, since many people just won’t understand why a reasonable adult would put himself in the path of both funnel cakes and funnel clouds simultaneously. It was a few years ago, in 2004. It […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Workers capped off gas lines to two Madison Street houses on Wednesday in anticipation of destruction. The two neighboring structures belong to the First Baptist Church, and according to associate pastor Lee Allred, they are beyond repair. “We don’t have any set plans, but we’re going to clear […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Orchard church’s latest project is finally coming down to the wire, and on Sept. 3, the Thrive church will meet for the first time. Thrive aims at netting those struggling with addiction and substance abuse and uses rehab language to explore and heal other life struggles. “People […]

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First Presbyterian Church in Pontotoc was built in 1915, and will celebrate 100 years in the current building on August 30. The church has retained its original pews, stained glass, and choir loft.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal PONTOTOC – The congregation of Pontotoc First Presbyterian Church and its pastor, the Rev. Michelle Wood, may seem like an odd coupling. It’s unusual for a pastor’s first assignment to be a church that will turn 100 next Sunday. “We get along well,” Wood said. “It’s interesting to be a […]

Wrapping up a week-long RV trip through Alaska with my wife and son, and my mother and stepfather, we stopped in Anchorage to spend the last night with Sid and Carol. We actually spent the night in the RV, camping Cousin Eddie-style, like gypsies in the driveway. Sid is a distant relative of my stepfather, […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Fairpark will play host to a new style of praise Friday, as a few local ministers present a “pop up” worship service at 7 p.m. It will feature music and a message given by three area pastors. “It started as kind of a daydream,” said Tupelo resident Tony […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal In 2009, Dr. Joe Edd Morris – once the Rev. Joe Edd Morris – filled in for his pastor for World Communion Sunday. Though the retired minister hadn’t preached in years, he was eager to conduct the holy ritual of communion. “I’m up at the altar, breaking the bread, and […]

The final pages of the book of Mark may seem puzzling. While some translations of Mark add verses covering Christ’s appearing to the remaining 11, and explaining to them the gifts of the spirit, the earliest versions of Mark are lacking in the resurrection department. They end at chapter 16, verse 8, as the two […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal With a round of local elections freshly in the rear view and a presidential election ramping up, it is perhaps only a matter of time before discussions flare up over the religious vote, the evangelical vote, the Catholic vote, and so forth. The Rev. Brian Collier, pastor of The Orchard […]