By Emily Newton In September, the Freedom from Religion Foundation submitted an open records request to the University of Mississippi for emails between athletes and football chaplain John Powell, and 11 days later, requested the same from Mississippi State University in regards to their football chaplain Bill Buckley. The Freedom from Religion Foundation is […]

The Orchard Oxford recently changed homes and is in a facility at 295 Highway 7 North. (Courtesy)

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that The Orchard Oxford aims at the biblical principle of new life. The United Methodist congregation, planted by The Orchard in Tupelo, aims to be “a church for everyone.” An ironic application of that principle is that the church has just […]

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Christian rappers Robin "IamLenflow" Ruth and Joson "JWatt" Watkins traveled to Atlanta last weekend to compete in a Christian hip-hop showcase. They've come a long way since their first appearance at the showcase in March.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal A lot has changed for Christian rap artists Joson Watkins, known onstage as JWat, and Robbin Ruth, known as IamLenflow, since March. At the time, they were preparing to travel to Columbia, South Carolina, for their first Christian hip-hop artist showcase. “It’s mindblowing,” Ruth said, “To think of where we […]

Daily Journal JACKSON – The Rev. Brian Seage will be ordained and consecrated as bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi today in a special service at the Jackson Convention Center. Seage, former rector of St. Columb’s Episcopal Church in Ridgeland, will succeed the Rt. Rev. Duncan M. Gray as bishop of the diocese […]

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The sun rises as students pray together in small groups Wednesday morning during the See You at the Pole event hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the Tupelo High School football field.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Thousands of students around the nation gathered on their respective campuses before the first bell of the school day to share a moment of reverence of patriotism at the annual See You at the Pole rally. The event was started in 1990 by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. […]

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District Attorney Ben Creekmore practices playing the guitar with Embrace, a contemporary worship band, Sunday morning at First United Methodist Church in New Albany.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal On any given day, Ben Creekmore sees first hand the best and worst that human nature has to offer. By day, the hardline attorney prosecutes cases as New Albany’s District Attorney, and by night, he can be found with his electric guitar in front of a stack of Marshall-brand amplifiers, […]

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Since its inception in 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous has become perhaps the most successful and well-known addiction recovery program in the country. Though the program is staunchly unaffiliated with any religion or cause other than getting alcoholics sober, faith and God permeate the famous 12-step process.

Editor’s note: The names in this story have been changed to protect the anonymity of those who have participated and are participating in the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program. ––––– By Riley Manning Daily Journal There’s a saying within groups of Alcoholics Anonymous, usually employed by veterans of recovery, addicts on the good side of sobriety: […]

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Father Burke Masters, whose grand slam home run 24 years ago vaulted Mississippi State into the College World Series, is now a priest in Joliet, Illinois, and this week delivered a mission at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Burke Masters achieved college baseball glory in 1990, when he stepped up to the plate for Mississippi State University against Florida State during the season’s regional tournament. The Bulldogs were down 9-8 in the eighth inning. “I was not a home run hitter,” Burke said. “But you hear […]

After more than a decade of controversial comments and behaviors, megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll has stepped down from all positions of authority at his Mars Hill megachurch and Acts 29 church planting ministry.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Not very long ago, pastor Mark Driscoll stood on top of the world. The Seattle–based megapastor’s church, Mars Hill, boasted 15,000 members in its 15 satellite locations spanning five states. Author of numerous books, Driscoll also founded the Acts 29 church–planting network, which reached a peak of 410 churches in […]