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Many catchphrases of the Christian faith are meant to be shorthand to deeper, more complex ideas. However, pastors caution that they lend themselves to over application, sometimes doing more harm than good.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The word of God is anything but simple, but bumper sticker-sized catchphrases about faith seem to be a dime a dozen, from “God loves the sinner, but hates the sin,” to “God will never give you more than you can handle.” “Some are theologically accurate, but have been taken out […]

The Rev. Scott Larsen of Mineral Wells United Methodist Church in Olive Branch draws as he delivers a homily. By tradition, one preacher delivers sermons for each of the twice-daily services during Campground Meeting Week. (Chad Mills)

By Errol Castens Daily Journal When the yearly “Campground Meeting” time rolls around, some people have almost a biological urge to be in the circle of unpretentious shelters that surround the even more rustic tabernacle. Many of those who were in attendance last week have ties to the place and its traditions that go back […]

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Outpour, North Mississippi's chapter of pub theology, met on Tuesday at Spring Street Cigars to discuss the topics of death, mortality and the afterlife. The group's aim is to provide a casual forum to discuss theological topics in a fun, respectful manner, to learn about diverse belief systems and perhaps challenge well-established ones.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Tuesday afternoon, a gathering of a dozen or so meandered about on the balcony of Spring Street Cigars. Most puffed fresh stogies from downstairs, and chatted about work or television. ESPN played on mute above the plush leather couches inside. As people drifted in, some brought dinner in […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal BELDEN – Tyson Lee spent his football career trying to figure out how to get into opposing defenses. His post-football career is spent finding ways into schools to spread the Christian message he holds atop the football honors he racked up as a quarterback at Columbus, Itawamba CC and Mississippi […]

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Pastor Daniel Mejia preaches about a passage from the Bible on Sunday evening during The Orchard Hispanos church service at Origins Church.

By JB Clark Daily Journal TUPELO – When Daniel Mejia left his home in Quito, Ecuador, to spend a summer learning about ministry at The Orchard in Tupelo, he fully intended to return to his home and work in his family’s ministry. Two years have passed, and the 25-year-old minister is still in Tupelo. Now, […]

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April Haynes helps out with vacation Bible school at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Baldwyn, where her husband the Rev. David Haynes serves as head pastor.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal It’s often said behind every good man stands a good woman, and perhaps that’s particularly true for pastors. From a sounding board to Bible study leaders, the pastor’s spouse provides support in every way imaginable. “Lots of times it’s things that no one sees,” said Jessica Webb. Her husband, the […]

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Rev. Ellawee Washington, left, of the High Chapel CME Church in Shannon, and Rev. Bettye Clifton of the Trinity CME Church in Guntown, clap and dance to the choir Friday afternoon during the noon worship celebration of the annual North-East Mississippi CME conference at the BancorpSouth Arena.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Fresh off the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church’s General Conference in June, the denomination’s Fourth Episcopal District has come together this week in Tupelo. The district covers all of Mississippi and Louisiana. At the Tupelo conference, around 110 CME churches were represented. The Rev. Clementine Mays, pastor of Poplar […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – On the heels of last week’s 8 Days of Hope campaign come over 160 teenagers from across the South with the World Changers organization. Through Friday, the volunteers from eight churches in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri and Louisiana will work to revitalize substandard housing in Tupelo and Lee […]

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Father Lincoln Dall kneels in prayer as he reads from "The Way of the Cross" at St. James Catholic Church on a Friday afternoon.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – For Tupelo native Jerry Bristow, St. James Catholic Church is the place he has called home his whole life. By his account, he’s the oldest living member of the church, and one of the few older Catholics born in the area. “I’m content to live where life began,” […]