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Salvation Army Majors Linda and Jeff Daniel reported for their first day of duty at the Army's north Mississippi branch on June 22. The Oklahoma natives are looking forward to getting to know and work with the community.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – On the heels of Major Sue Dorman’s departure, the Salvation Army of Northeast Mississippi has received a new pair of senior officers. Majors Jeff and Linda Daniel reported for duty on June 22, fresh from their previous assignment in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and said they are looking forward to […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – On Sunday, the Rev. Chad Grayson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Tupelo, will deliver his final sermon to his congregation before making the move to a new church home. Grayson has officially accepted the position of lead pastor at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri, after a […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Doug Spires likes it when his campers come in already knowing the music. Spires, minister of music at Calvary, is hosting the church’s sixth annual music camp this week. He’s a happy man, because all 60 campers – the largest group of campers they’ve ever had – came […]

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Cody McGaughy collects the offering during the church service Sunday morning at the Salvation Army.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal On her last Sunday in Tupelo, Major Susan Dorman said a tearful goodbye to the attendees of the Salvation Army’s church service. The senior officer of the Army’s North Mississippi branch has served the area for the past eight years, and has been assigned to the Florence, Ala., region. Among […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Area pastors returned from last week’s annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention with renewed focus. “You had the standard business things you always have, but the main focus was a new desire for revival,” said the Rev. Wes White, pastor of Smithville Baptist Church. “A refreshing, renewing […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal In the pantheon of Christian media aimed at children, Veggie Tales stands above all others. For those who didn’t grow up or raise children in the 1990s, Veggie Tales is a series of computer animated films featuring talking vegetables. Thoughout the series, Larry the Cucumber, Bob the Tomato, Archibald Asparagus, […]

By Juliet Linderman and Travis Loller Associated Press BALTIMORE – An Arkansas megachurch pastor was elected Tuesday to lead the country’s Southern Baptists as the conservative denomination tries to turn around declining membership, church attendance and baptisms and faces increasing conflict with mainstream culture, especially over its conviction that gay sex is immoral. Later on […]

The view of the Dome of the Rock and the surrounding city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives in 2010. (The Rev. Howard and the Rev. Meg Dudley)

By Riley Manning Daily Journal For those who have never traveled abroad, the Holy Land can seem like a fairy tale, across oceans of space, time, and culture. The portraits Americans do receive of the modern Middle East must come through the filters of media and politics. But for Christians, a trip to see the […]

This is the second of a two-part series on mental illness in the church. Last week, pastors discussed scripture, theology, and attitudes surrounding mental illness. By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – In last week’s article on the church and mental illness, Bishop Clarence Parks, pastor of the Temple of Compassion and Deliverance, talked about […]