By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – After 21 months of an empty pulpit, First Baptist Church in Tupelo will welcome a new pastor, the Rev. Matt Powell. Powell, 32, preached at First Baptist April 23, after which the congregation voted on whether to offer Powell the position of senior pastor. First Baptist associate minister […]

By Nassim Benchaabane Associated Press JACKSON – Dozens of Methodist leaders are objecting to Mississippi’s new religious objections law, saying it violates their religious principles. More than 30 ministers from around the state and nation published an open letter Monday saying the so-called “religious freedom” law goes against Christian teachings to love and respect all […]

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The Rev. Dr. Nadine Burton, of Little Rock, Arkansas, speaks to the congregation during the building dedication ceremony Sunday afternoon at First Christian Church.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The long road into a new home is finally complete for First Christian Church in Tupelo. After a tornado flattened the church in 2014, the congregation gathered Sunday afternoon to dedicate its new facilities. “Happiness doesn’t even begin to describe this feeling,” said First Christian’s pastor the Rev. […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal At the end of the 18th century, Methodist ministers in the American South were not far off from the cowboys of the wild west. By the time the Mississippi Territory became part of the United States in 1798, the Catholic missionaries had returned to France and Spain. The number of […]

During the buildup to the Revolutionary War, John Adams wrote, “The preservation of liberty depends upon the intellectual and moral character of the people. As long as knowledge and virtue are diffused generally among the body of a nation, it is impossible that they should be enslaved …” Knowledge and virtue. Intellect and character. They […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Despite the relative newness of the “mega church” phenomenon, congregations numbering more than 2,000 are nothing new. In the 1950’s, worship attendance at the Akron Baptist Temple in Akron, Ohio, regularly numbered more than 4,000. Even earlier, in 1928, First Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas, claimed a Sunday school […]

It’s spring, and it seems everyone is out walking. We live right downtown, on one of the streets that is a popular thoroughfare for two distinct kinds of walkers. Members of group one are usually walking a dog, wearing workout clothes and talking on a phone. As a group they are mildly affluent, with enough […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – After this Sunday’s service at Red Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Tupelo, some congregants will stick around not for food, but for possible employment. The church will hold a job fair with managers from local McDonald’s, Wendy’s Walgreens, Toyota, Wilbert Vault Co., and more. “They’ll have booths […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal When Jones County native Richard Clark and his family packed up and left the United States to serve as Southern Baptist missionaries in 2008, they thought they’d spend the rest of their careers in the field. But their plans were cut short when last year the Southern Baptist Convention’s International […]