By Riley Manning Daily Journal For addicts – and many others, but addicts in particular – the weekend starts on Thursday, according to the Rev. Colby Cuevas, of the Orchard. Cuevas knows firsthand. It was his own wrangling with addiction and rehab in his teens that ended up leading him to Christ, and to the […]

A few nights ago, my mother invited us out for supper to one of those Japanese steak houses where you sit around a large grill and watch the chef clang and bang and throw knives and sear your eyebrows with a controlled fire. He tells a few well-worn jokes and prepares a delicious, if unoriginal […]

By Bobby Pepper Daily Journal When he worked as a tool and die maker, the Rev. Mike Marecle used his gifts to build machine tools, dies and molds. It was during this time Marecle discovered he had another gift: counseling. “I was in God’s waiting room in that season,” Marecle said. “People would call or […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Father Lincoln Dall, priest at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo, waited out the storm in the basement of the St. James office, behind the church on Gloster Street. Huddled with the two office cats, he said all he could hear above was the great snapping of trees. “I was […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Six months ago, the Rev. Rick Brooks stood in the husk of St. Luke United Methodist Church’s sanctuary. Half a year after the storm Tupelo won’t soon forget, he said he was looking forward to six more months of progress. Following the storm, it was revealed the structure […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The recognition of saints is one of the hallmarks of the Catholic faith, but it wasn’t a formal process carried out by the Vatican until the 18th century. “Until then it was much more local. A town could just decide someone was a saint,” said Sheila Przesmicki, pastoral minister of […]

When I was in the eighth grade, I was a founding member of a bluegrass boy band. It is a little-known genre. It was 1976, the year of the Bicentennial and the age of velour and macramé. Verona Junior High School staged a talent show that my group was part of. I remember we all […]

Susan and I are remodeling our guest bathroom, a process that has now taken about two months and has involved an endless series of decisions, each of which has threatened to dissolve our previously happy marriage. We spent most of the day Saturday looking for a mirror, endlessly circling the booths of an antiques mall, […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The little white church of Elvis’ childhood will get a breath of new life this year, as a strong Assembly of God congregation in Southaven makes plans to form a church plant in Tupelo. The effort will revitalize what is currently East Heights Assembly of God Church on Briar Ridge […]