A few days ago, I got dry-needled. It sounds like something that would happen in a medieval torture chamber or a Nazi science lab, but it’s actually a form of pain management – a bit like acupuncture but with longer, creepier needles. The needles are so long they have handles, like little walking canes – […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal PONTOTOC – There’s an old cliche in the church world that goes, “A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.” A group of Christian women in Pontotoc is taking that idea to a new level with a trend known as Bible journaling, which consists of illustrating […]

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” That’s what everyone keeps telling poor Ralphie, the main character in the holiday classic, “A Christmas Story.” Ralphie is a blonde, bullied, bespectacled kid growing up on the wrong side of the tracks. He wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, but everywhere he turns, he hears that […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The Episcopal Church is facing suspension from taking part in policy decisions within the Anglican Communion for the next three years. The decision comes after a meeting in Canterbury, England, called by Archbishop Justin Welby to discern the future of the communion. “We are a worldwide communion so large that […]

The scholar and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis grew up in Ireland in a time when tension between Catholics and Protestants was high. As in all times, much of the tension was the result of generations of negative stereotypes of the “other.” As in all times, this “us and them” training began with very young children, […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal There is a prayer for every occasion – before dinner and football games, before council meetings and business openings. Because of it’s pedestrian place in common culture, it’s easy to forget what prayer actually is: talking with God. “Prayer could be considered as a conversation with God,” said the Rev. […]

A couple of evenings ago, I stopped to use the restroom at a local convenience store. As I walked past the sink and the mirror above it, a large African-American gentleman was standing at the sink, his back to me, looking into the mirror and grooming his magnificent, iridescent black beard. He was broad as […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – A few nights into the new year, many Hispanic children leave a shoe under the Christmas tree and hurry off to bed. In the morning, they will wake to find the shoes filled with small treats, like candy, dolls or even money. They don’t come from Santa, but […]

The woman I love refuses to put gas in her car. It has always been this way. In the 30 years I have been married to her, I would guess she has pumped, on average, one gallon of gas per year. It’s not that she’s lazy; far from it. It’s just that she’s an optimist. […]