I’ve been reading a sublime and funny essay by the incomparable C.S. Lewis, called “The Inner Ring.” It’s all about our lifelong desire to be on the inside of some door, to belong to the “in” group. For some, “in” is defined ideologically, as in religion and politics. We long to belong, and once we […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – From the steps of City Hall on Thursday, Mayor Jason Shelton praised the 100 or so gathered for a brief prayer time. “We don’t hide our Christianity, we put it on the front porch,” Shelton said. Sponsored by the American Family Association, the event marked the National Day […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – The American Family Association will sponsor an event for the National Day of Prayer today at Fairpark from 12:20 to 12:40 p.m. Local leaders in the faith community will offer music and prayers for the sake of local, state and national governments. In addition, volunteers and members of East Heights Baptist […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – At 8 a.m. Monday morning, mayor Jason Shelton kicked off a marathon reading of the Holy Bible – cover to cover – at Veterans Park. The mayor read the first nine chapters of Genesis. The group, led by members and pastor of East Heights Baptist Church, intends to […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Christ the King Lutheran Church in Tupelo has closed its doors after a nearly two-year absence of a head pastor. The Rev. Will Rogers retired in June 2014, and since then, Christ the King has dwindled to 20 to 25 attendees on Sunday mornings. “It’s hard to grow […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – An anti-violence prayer walk is scheduled to begin Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Event organizer Mack Turner said marchers will assemble at a parking lot near the intersection of Ida and Lawndale streets. They will march west on Ida Street to Hancock Park. “We want all churches to come together. We can […]

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. […]