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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 […]

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Girls in the crowd clap before Kylie Bisutti, a former model, takes the stage to speak Thursday night at Hope Church.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Hope Church’s sanctuary filled Thursday night as individuals and youth groups filtered in to hear former Victoria’s Secret model Kylie Bisutti give her testimony about leaving the industry, abandoning what she thought was her dream, to stay true to her Christian values. “Our society is so focused on […]

"Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. … The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it" (Genesis 2:8 and 15). The virtue of hard work is valued by both scripture and secular culture. For Christians, work, labor and contribution are intimately intertwined with their relationship with God. (Courtesy)

By Riley Manning Daily Journal “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed… The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:8 and 15 It is […]

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Visitors got a chance to enjoy a balloon ride during Wednesday's Festival on the Field in Tupelo.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s not every day a hot-air balloon touches down in Robins Field, but when it does, it’s at the Festival on the Field. The annual event is the combined effort of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, First United Methodist Church, and First Presbyterian Church. This year, their ranks were […]

(RNS1-JULY 15) Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston and seven other bishops celebrate Mass on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona on April 1 to commemorate the deaths of migrants in the desert and to pray for immigration reform. (RNS)

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The issue of immigration reform is one of many facets, be it political, economic, legislative, or otherwise. But for the church, the Catholic church especially, the hope of immigration reform presents a moral imperative. Pastoral minister of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Booneville Sheila Przesmicki brings to bear […]

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Pam Fretz, from left, Pastor Dr. Rick Brooks and Stacey Fowler show examples of the miracle window necklaces, which were created by Wynelle Benson of the Brewer community from pieces of the stained-glass window broken by the April 28 tornado at St. Luke United Methodist Church.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Months after the tornado that tore through the church, St. Luke United Methodist Church is still picking up the pieces in more ways than one. The April storm caused extensive damage to St. Luke, including the shattering of its sizable stained-glass window. When the storm subsided, choir director […]

BY BRANDON SPECK DAILY JOURNAL MEMPHIS – They’re controversial, with long hair, beards and a powerful message that scares a lot of people and gives a lot of people joy. Jesus Christ and rock ‘n’ roll have a lot more in common than many Christians believe. And Christians are more prevalent than ever in mainstream […]