By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – In the parking lot of the Speedy Gonzalez E-Z Stop on Monday, Elquin Gonzalez surveyed the damage inflicted on his store by April’s tornado. Piles of debris lined the edge of the street. The aluminum roof looked chewed, and sharp angles of the remaining glass jutted out from […]

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The Rev. Warren Black has been at Oxford University University Methodist Church for 18 years.

By Riley Manning Daily journal OXFORD – In his tenure at Oxford University United Methodist Church, the Rev. Warren Black has become more than just a pastor. He has become synonymous with the church itself. But finally, after 18 years, Black is saying goodbye to the pulpit, though hopefully not to pastoring. “It’s a mixture […]

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Mearion Smith, left, holds up her hand in prayer with friend Mary Marion, both of Tupelo, as they pray and worship with others at Fairpark on Thursday afternoon.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – In the crisp breeze of Thursday afternoon, a crowd of around 30 assembled on the grass of Fairpark to hear psalms and prayers of God’s faithfulness from local pastors. “We take confidence and hope that you are always with us,” began the Rev. Rick Brooks, pastor of St. […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – A community prayer service will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. in Fairpark in front of City Hall. It will be an opportunity for people to come together to pray in response to last week’s tornadoes in the Tupelo area and other parts of the state. Several area ministers and interested […]

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Billy and Lorena Burson thank members of Smithville Baptist Church for the lunch they prepared after service let out Sunday morning at Parkway Baptist Church.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – For the first time since last week’s devastating tornado, members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church assembled for worship in the parking lot of their building to sing about victory. The Rev. David Mac Kain, pastor of the church, took his place before his flock of around 60, seated […]

Daily Journal JACKSON – Mississippi Episcopalians on Saturday elected the Rev. Brian Seage, rector of St. Columb’s Episcopal Church in Ridgeland since 2005, as their new bishop. Clergy and lay delegates who had convened at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Jackson elected Seage, 50, on the fifth ballot. He was one of five nominees for the […]

Fish and fishermen hold prominent places in scripture, from their creation in Genesis to Jesus' feeding of the 5,000. In fact, the first four disciples Jesus called were fishermen, and their occupation may provide insight into what it means to be a disciple. (Courtesy)

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Pop quiz: What were the first animals God created? A look at Genesis 1:20 reveals that before man, before livestock and all the creatures that move along the ground, before the before the birds in the sky, scripture says God made the waters teeming with fish. The creatures of scale, […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – For the Rev. Matt Scopel, pastor of Parkway Baptist Church, the shock of Monday’s tornado has yet to set in. He has been too busy. “My congregation’s reactions are all over the place, from suffering to relieved,” he said. “But lots of us haven’t had a chance to […]

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Adrian Mattox kneels to pray during Thursday's National Day of Prayer at Tupelo City Hall.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The National Day of Prayer began rather quietly Thursday morning. In the BancorpSouth Conference Center, Mission Mississippi assembled a small group of around a dozen. Tillmon Calvert, co-chair of Mission Mississippi’s Lee County branch, began with a simple hymn of thanks. “In light of the destruction, the fact […]