By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – With the recent announcement of the Rev. Forrest Sheffield’s retirement in June from Harrisburg Baptist Church, three of the area’s largest Southern Baptist Convention congregations find themselves in various stages of pastoral limbo. It started last March, with the departure of the Rev. David Eldridge from Calvary Baptist […]

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The Rev. Forrest Sheffield, pastor of Harrisburg Baptist Church, will hand over the reins in June. Though he still plans to actively minister, he's looking forward to a work week less than 60 hours.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – When the Rev. Forrest Sheffield felt the call to become a preacher at age 19, it was a sensation he couldn’t argue with. “It was really a surrender,” he said. “I felt God’s hand on my heart, and when that happens, you just know.” Now, at 65, things […]

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Gary Dawson, from left, Shane Scribner and Glen Beverly have all overcome an addiction of one kind or another and have joined forces to help others overcome theirs with the founding of Broken Lives Ministries in Skyline.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal SKYLINE – Shane Scribner found Jesus in jail, hit his knees on the cold concrete floor in front of 35 inmates and gave his life to God. An addict and an alcoholic, he lost his wife and children when they moved to Chicago, and he lost his construction business. “I […]

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Suellen Estes, left, was inspired by the life of Bishop Hardy Lee Coleman, center, and his wife Ann Coleman.  In 1922, Coleman began as a sharecropper's son, and went on to lay the foundation for several Churches of the Living God in North Mississippi.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Some people like to watch things happen. Some people like to make things happen. That’s the motto of Bishop Hardy Lee Coleman, a 92-year-old pastor from Benton County. Coleman began his ministry at age 19, and while that may sound young by today’s standards, by the time he preached his […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Nine years ago, Vardaman native Rufus Van Horn did what many only dream to do: He cut loose the trappings of his life to embark on a spiritual quest. At the time, he lived and worked at a bank in Tupelo as supervisor of branch cash services, which […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal When Pope John Paul II stepped foot on Cuban soil in January of 1998, it was with much hope. Though the Clinton administration encouraged the visit, it also promised it would do nothing to lift the embargo that went into place in 1962. But John Paul’s aim was to foster […]

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Inside the chapel at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Tupelo.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal It’s a common adage that a church is the people, not the building. But it’s also true that a church building is more than just a structure. If you ask an architect, any building is. In so many ways, a building is an outward representation of the purpose it helps […]

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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Rev. David Mac Kain places the Altar Book back into its place during the church's rededication ceremony on Sunday.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Sunday morning, the 60 or so members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church mingled outside the church’s sanctuary. A table laden with the sacred vessels of communion was set up outside the door. Across McCullough Boulevard, trees bent and broken from the April 28 tornado lined the landscape around […]

On Oct. 13, clergy members in Ferguson, Missouri, led several hundred during a march from a church to police headquarters. Amid unrest and racial tensions, people look to leaders of the faith for guidance. (AP)

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in August has echoed across the country. In the five months since, people have found themselves looking to religious leaders to navigate the unrest as elements of that case and several others have come to light. Old […]