- Written by Maya Rhodan/NNPA
The Rev. Amos Brown, pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, and the Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative in Washington, D.C., are brothers of the cloth. Though they share a love for Christ and the Bible, they do not share the same views on same sex marriage, an issue now before the U.S. Supreme Court.
"I'm not going to ever believe that gay marriage is right," says Rev. Evans. "It contradicts our tradition within the black church. We take the Bible very literally when it comes to marriage."
Rev. Brown, on the other hand, says: "You can't use the Bible to support your position on this – Jesus didn't say one word about gays. The Bible also says if your child disobeys you, you should kill them and that women who are menstruating should not be allowed in church. These are low-case words and actions of men, they have nothing to do with the high-case word of God and Jesus in terms of love and beauty."
- Written by Wiley Henry
Madison Hopkins kicks her legs and swings her arms and Bettie Nelson throws a left jab followed by a right cross. This is not your average step class.
It's kickboxing in its simplest form and taught by a certified personal trainer, who kept dozens of Healthy Church Challenge participants on their toes during a March 9 workout session at Mississippi Blvd. Christian Church.
"My goal is to inspire people to reach their goal," said Yacqui Peete, 41, who got men, women and children to stretch, bend, kick and punch to loosen up their limbs. "I'm trying to get people to change their lifestyle. If you fall off the wagon, dust yourself off and keep going."
Dear Lucy: My next door neighbor is a music freak. He plays music all day long. He gets up at 6:30 in the morning and starts to blast. When he comes home at six in the evening he starts to blast again. He always turns it down when I ask him to, but I just don't understand how someone can need to listen to music like that. What do you think?
– Earplugs Wanted
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
The LeMoyne-Owen College celebrates music, art, students' talent and the faith-based community at its annual talent showcase that is free and open to the public.
The Williams Brothers, who have spread the gospel through song since 1960, will be the featured artists at The LeMoyne-Owen College's LOC Celebration Sunday on April 7.
LOC's annual free art and music talent showcase will begin at 4 p.m. at the Cannon Center dowtown. Each year, the college sponsors the event to thank the community for its support throughout the year.
- Written by Dorothy Bracy Alston
Pastor Martin Orjianioke of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church began pastoring in his homeland of Nigeria. He also pastored in Germany before coming to Memphis, where on Wednesday he witnessed history unfold on television.
Along with Pastor Orjianioke in Memphis, Catholics – and non-Catholics – watched as 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Buenos Aires, Argentina was presented to the world as Pope Francis I.
The naming of any pope is historic, but this was way beyond that. In a remarkably fast conclave, 115 cardinals made the decision to select the Catholic Church's first pope from the Americas, the first from outside Europe, and the first Jesuit.
- Written by Rev. Kenneth Robinson and Rev. Marilynn Robinson/Special to The New Tri-State Defender
Saint Andrew AME Church is choosing to go against the grain this year, encouraging churchgoers to come to "The Saint" on Easter Sunday dressed in casual attire, and then to leave the sanctuary for the streets, to perform "The Resurrection Shake" on South Parkway.
Traditionally, churchgoers in the South come to church dressed up on Easter Sunday. Getting a new Easter outfit has been a common cultural practice for children and adults who celebrate Easter.
For 20 years at Saint Andrew, fifth Sundays have been "Come As You Are" Sundays, when everybody – from the pulpit to the pews – intentionally dresses down, even if that is a departure from their customary attire. It's been a mission-driven, evangelistic statement to the public, and to the thousands of persons who are served annually by The Saint's outreach programs, that the Lord isn't looking at the outward appearance, but at people's hearts.
Dear Lucy: My son is seven years old and he has already been to three different schools. He just won't behave, sit still, stop talking or pay attention. His Dad says that he was the same way as a kid and I know that even though I was smart in school I was also a smart aleck. But we have tried everything with this boy and I am frustrated. What can you recommend.
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Praises went up and the blessings came down at the Greater Memphis Pentecostal Assembly during Installation and Rededication services last Sunday (March 3).
The guest speaker was Presiding Bishop Charles H. Ellis III of the Pentecostal Assembly of the World (P.A.W.). Ellis, senior pastor of Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, delivered a moving message of love to the standing-room only congregation at the GMPA's newly-built facility.
Dear Lucy: I have been working on my goals for this year. I have ideas that I know are good and will help me as well as others. But I keep going back thinking about all of the ways I have tried and failed in the past. If I am not thinking about the past, I am thinking about what could go wrong with my plans. Is this just natural when we start to plan a new life?
- Written by Dr. Karanja A. Ajanaku
The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago completed his two-day speaking engagement as the kick-off for the Lenten Speaking Series at Calvary Church downtown last Friday (Feb. 15).
Moss spoke on "Purification." He drew his text from the third chapter of Malachi. Here's an excerpted version of the text:
"I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me....For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap..."
Dear Lucy: I attended the Women of Excellence Workshop on "Visioning" that you presented last week. Thank you so much. I certainly intend to be a "queen in 2013." I wish it had been a full-day seminar. I got lots of information to work with but I just have one question. Can you just say some more for me and anybody else about how to not give up on my dream and stay motivated?
Dear Lucy: It's here again. Valentine's Day. The TV and movie theaters are paying homage. The department stores, the TV, radio and all other advertising mediums are on it too. Young love, old love, freaky love, miraculous love. It's all there, just tune in. But I have not had a Valentine in years and don't expect to find one between now and Valentine's Day. I know I can spend time with friends, by myself, watching the love movies and God knows what. But how do I handle just one more "love" holiday by myself.
- Written by James Washington/NNPA News Service
If you're like me, prayer is a subject that keeps popping up because sometimes out of sheer habit, I keep doing it. Intellectually I understand its purpose and its benefit. But sometimes I get lost in the reality of who and under what circumstances I'm moved to sincerely pray. It's then that I want my prayers answered on my time for my reasons, forgetting or not wanting to remember all things happen for a reason; God's reason to be precise.
This past Sunday, the minister reminded me that God's plan happens on God's time and our job is to be open and ready for His answer to our prayers. Simply put, he said, delay is not denial. God answers all prayer in His time, in His way, with His power and for His purpose. That's it and we have to deal with it.