By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Area pastors returned from last week’s annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention with renewed focus. “You had the standard business things you always have, but the main focus was a new desire for revival,” said the Rev. Wes White, pastor of Smithville Baptist Church. “A refreshing, renewing […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal In the pantheon of Christian media aimed at children, Veggie Tales stands above all others. For those who didn’t grow up or raise children in the 1990s, Veggie Tales is a series of computer animated films featuring talking vegetables. Thoughout the series, Larry the Cucumber, Bob the Tomato, Archibald Asparagus, […]

By Juliet Linderman and Travis Loller Associated Press BALTIMORE – An Arkansas megachurch pastor was elected Tuesday to lead the country’s Southern Baptists as the conservative denomination tries to turn around declining membership, church attendance and baptisms and faces increasing conflict with mainstream culture, especially over its conviction that gay sex is immoral. Later on […]

The view of the Dome of the Rock and the surrounding city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives in 2010. (The Rev. Howard and the Rev. Meg Dudley)

By Riley Manning Daily Journal For those who have never traveled abroad, the Holy Land can seem like a fairy tale, across oceans of space, time, and culture. The portraits Americans do receive of the modern Middle East must come through the filters of media and politics. But for Christians, a trip to see the […]

This is the second of a two-part series on mental illness in the church. Last week, pastors discussed scripture, theology, and attitudes surrounding mental illness. By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – In last week’s article on the church and mental illness, Bishop Clarence Parks, pastor of the Temple of Compassion and Deliverance, talked about […]

While the western clinical world has come to view depression, anxiety and related disorders as physical ailments, the church world is also turning to a more nuanced approach to understanding these issues. (Courtesy)

This is the first of a two part series on mental illness in the church. Next Saturday, pastors will explore how the modern church can better come alongside those suffering from mental illness. By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – In recent decades, an insidious new foe has crept its way into church pews across […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – In the parking lot of the Speedy Gonzalez E-Z Stop on Monday, Elquin Gonzalez surveyed the damage inflicted on his store by April’s tornado. Piles of debris lined the edge of the street. The aluminum roof looked chewed, and sharp angles of the remaining glass jutted out from […]

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The Rev. Warren Black has been at Oxford University University Methodist Church for 18 years.

By Riley Manning Daily journal OXFORD – In his tenure at Oxford University United Methodist Church, the Rev. Warren Black has become more than just a pastor. He has become synonymous with the church itself. But finally, after 18 years, Black is saying goodbye to the pulpit, though hopefully not to pastoring. “It’s a mixture […]

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Mearion Smith, left, holds up her hand in prayer with friend Mary Marion, both of Tupelo, as they pray and worship with others at Fairpark on Thursday afternoon.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – In the crisp breeze of Thursday afternoon, a crowd of around 30 assembled on the grass of Fairpark to hear psalms and prayers of God’s faithfulness from local pastors. “We take confidence and hope that you are always with us,” began the Rev. Rick Brooks, pastor of St. […]