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For decades, Fulton's Alan Naylor has been crafting both typical and atypical creations out of wood. Take, for example, this miniature church (that is, miniature by building standards; it actually stands four feet at its highest point). A work-in-progress, Naylor is building this one for the congregation of a church in Smithville. Naylor said he enjoys the satisfaction that comes with creation.

By Adam Armour Itawamba County Times FULTON – Lately, Alan Naylor has been building a church. It’s not a big church by conventional standards. The fact it’s able to sit on a worktable in his basement is a dead giveaway of that. But standing approximately four feet tall at the tip of its towering steeple, […]

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Jabaris Jones (J3), left, Joson Watkins (JWat) and Robbie Ruth (IamLenflow) are among five Christian rap artists who will take the stage next month at Prayze Factor's hip-hop showcase in Columbia, S.C. The Christian rap movement may seem like an unlikely way to spread the gospel, but the group said it is gaining traction in the most unexpected places.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – For some, rap and hip-hop music may not be the first outlet to come to mind when they think of spiritual music, but Christian rap artists Joshon Watkins (JWat), Jabaris Jones (J3), Tony Price (Bigg Tone), Roshod Forster (JetBlaq), and Robbin Ruth (IamLenflow) say it’s a movement that […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal In recent months, the concept of religious freedom has become central to an often embittered national discussion, as bills in Arizona, Kansas, Idaho, Mississippi, and elsewhere move to allow business owners to turn away not only homosexual customers, but anyone they feel serving would violate their faith. The Arizona bill, […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Methodist ministers Joe Edd Morris, Ph.D., and Dr. Roy Ryan are back with a new book entitled “New Testament Stories: What Do They Say Today?” The book serves as a followup to the duo’s 2013 effort, “Old Testament Stories: What Do They Say Today?” in which they parsed tales from […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s taken more than three months, but the work on the stained-glass windows of Calvary Baptist Church is almost complete. “The problem was the wood trim around the windows was rotting,” said the Rev. David Eldridge, Calvary’s pastor. Mike Hester, of Hester Home Improvements, said he and his […]

“Son of God,” from the producers of last year’s hit miniseries “The Bible,” garnered praise from Christian media groups upon its release last week. But other critics argue the movie is too complacent in playing to Christian viewers’ comfort zones. (AP photo)

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Bible-based movies are nothing new, but lately, even secular film producers have gone out of their way to target the faith-based audience. In developing its 2013 take on the comic book hero Superman, Warner Bros. consulted Christian marketing firm Grace Hill Media on how to make “Man of Steel” more […]

Pope Francis walks in procession with other prelates at the Santa Sabina Basilica for an Ash Wednesday prayer service in Rome. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

By Nicole Winfield Associated Press VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis finds the hype that is increasingly surrounding him “offensive,” according to an interview published Wednesday, even as the Vatican is marking the anniversary of his election with commemorative stamps and coins and a DVD with never-before-seen footage of the pope. Francis told Italian daily Corriere […]

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    By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – If anyone knows Mardi Gras, it’s Christi Houin. Born and raised Catholic in New Orleans, Houin and her family have lived in Tupelo for the past 18 years. Despite the commercial popularity of Mardi Gras, Houin said growing up, it was impossible to separate the Mardi […]

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The Rev. Jason Webb, pastor at Ingram Baptist Church near Baldwyn, is one of many preachers who uses humor to illustrate scripture and keep his audience attentive.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal A pastor, a rabbi, and a priest walk into a bar. The bartender looks up from the glass he’s scrubbing and asks, “Is this some kind of joke?” Any churchgoer will agree, scripture is serious business. Take the stories of Job, losing everything in a test of his faithfulness; Noah, […]