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 […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Congregants of Calvary Baptist Church said their tearful goodbyes to their pastor, the Rev. David Eldridge, and his family Sunday evening. Head pastor for the past six years, Eldridge announced last month that he intended to guest preach at First Baptist Church in Clinton, his home church, to […]

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Corinth native Jonathan Burdine works as a tattoo artist, mixed martial arts coach and fighter, and minister.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal CORINTH – If you ask Johnathan Burdine what he does for a living, he’ll probably shrug his shoulders and say, “A little bit of everything.” But the Corinth native wears many hats, from his role as a tattoo artist, to that of a mixed martial arts coach and fighter. Most […]

History has yet to yield many non-Christian records of Jesus' death and disappearances, leaving scholars, skeptics, and believers to make what they will of the four Gospels. (Courtesy)

By Riley Manning Daily Journal And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: […]

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St. James Catholic Church held its annual Stations of the Cross service on Friday. The service re-enacts Christ’s journey to Calvary, and explores the 13 crucial moments in depth.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The passion of Jesus came alive for attendees of St. James Catholic Church’s annual Stations of the Cross service on Friday. The bilingual service drew around 250 onlookers, many carrying children or holding hands in the light rain, as actors portraying Jesus, Mary, two prisoners and centurions, enacted […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Tupelo egg hunters will have their choice of east, central and west for their annual Easter egg-stravaganzas today. Tupelo churches are hosting trio of community Easter egg hunts at city parks with 54,000 plastic eggs up for grabs. “We do it as a service and outreach to the community,” […]

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Ethan Easterling, playing Jesus, depicts the healing of a man during Hope Church's dress rehearsal for its Easter pageant Wednesday night.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal As Easter draws near, some churches in the area are taking their passion to the stage with all manner of free dramas, musicals and productions. Last Easter, Hope Church in Tupelo brought back its generation-old tradition of an extravagant musical production of the Easter story. The event’s success surpassed the […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Temple B’Nai Israel gathered at Park Heights on Tuesday night to celebrate Passover with a community seder, and recount the Exodus story of the Jewish people’s escape from their bondage in Egypt. Temple B’Nai’s Marc Perler led the group of 48 through the readings and rituals of the […]