Everyone knows Psalm 23, which portrays the lord as a shepherd, guiding his sheep beside still waters and green pastures. But the metaphor of the shepherd goes much deeper than it may seem on the surface. (Courtesy)

By Riley Manning Daily Journal If you ask the Rev. Will Rambo, teaching pastor at The Orchard in Tupelo, one of the funny things about the Holy Land is the proximity of the ancient, the mythical, to the modern. Take occupations, for instance. Fishermen still cast their nets off the coast of Galilee. Shepherds still […]

I spent the morning in the dentist’s office, having a wisdom tooth pulled. I do not recommend the experience. On the plus side, I did also have nitrous oxide gas, which I do recommend. As a person who used to enjoy the occasional altered state, I can’t say I wasn’t excited about the gas. It […]

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Nelson has had her own musical compositions published.

By Leslie Criss Daily Journal Jessica Nelson claims to be the only introvert in a family of theatrical folks. Parents Bud and Lynn Nelson frequently – and with great ease – take the stage at Tupelo Community Theatre. Sister Jennifer also has an impressive roster of TCT roles. Truth be told, Jessica did appear on […]

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The Rev. Paul Stephens of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Tupelo prepares to burn palm branches at the church Tuesday afternoon in preparation for Ash Wednesday services. Palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday service traditionally are used for making ashes for the next Ash Wednesday. All Saints' will have Ash Wednesday services today at 7 a.m., 12:05 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Many of the Christian faithful today will seek a much-needed respite from their own busyness. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a penitential season meant to mirror Jesus’ 40 days of temptation in the wilderness. “There are people who think church should be Christmas and Easter all […]

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Heaven Walker, center, shares her excitement with Roberto Owens, left, and Sarah Grace Poole after getting into their limo at Tupelo High School on Friday night to ride to the "Night to Shine" prom at Hillcrest Baptist Church in New Albany.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – Hillcrest Baptist Church in New Albany rolled out the red carpet for some extraordinary guests Friday night. Partnering with the Tim Tebow Foundation, the church welcomed nearly 130 area residents with special needs to come cut a rug at a lavish prom complete with DJ, food, limousine […]

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The Southern Progressive Alliance for Exploring Religion president Jim High discusses books he has read since the last meeting and how they pertain to religion at the SPAFER roadhouse meeting on Feb. 7. SPAFER meets once a month at the Link Center in Tupelo.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Each month, a small group of knowledge-seekers congregate at the Link Centre to contemplate the big things. The Southern Progressive Alliance For Exploring Religion (SPAFER) opens with a light discussion of books attendees have read since the last meeting. Member Steve Stall, for instance, gave a run-down of […]

Editor’s note: Today we introduce a new Religion section columnist, David Pannell. He describes himself as “a recovering farmer and the reluctant pastor of Common Ground Christian Church in Wren, Mississippi.” Contact him at davidpan1963@gmail.com. ––––– My wife got a new phone – the iPhone 4S. It’s not the very latest, but it’s a huge […]

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While most readers of the Bible view it as a sacred text, it falls into certain narrative traditions the same way classic works of literature like "Moby Dick," "War and Peace," and "The Wasteland" do. In fact, examining the Bible through the lens of literary analysis may offer a refreshing new entry point into the Bible's context and meaning.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal What is the Bible? Is it a narrative? A history? A manual for life? “There are several different ways to approach the Bible,” said the Rev. Chris McAlilly, pastor of Oxford University United Methodist Church. “A person’s expectations have a lot to do with what they get out of scripture.” […]

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By Riley Manning Daily Journal Scripture can be pretty hard on doubters. “One who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind … he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways,” reads the first chapter of James. “O you of little faith,” Jesus says to […]