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October is Clergy Appreciation Month. I have a few misgivings about sharing this information. I don’t want to be seen tootin’ my own horn. But who better to tell you about pastors than someone who has an inside scoop?

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When the pandemic first started, my friend Laura Gayle sent me a small hand-painted watercolor picture with a plain white house on a small rise against a hint of a blue sky. In the left-hand corner, she wrote #stayhome. I put it in a silver frame and sat it on my desk where I can see it whil…

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I grew up in a military family, which meant that we moved every few years. Every time we moved, we had to get to know our new neighbors.

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On Sept. 21st, people of many nations gathered to celebrate the International Day of Peace. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, “Peace Day” provides a globally shared day for humanity to put aside differences and contribute to building a culture of Peace. On this day,…

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The new pastor of Carrollton Presbyterian Church will be the host of an International Day of Peace event on Monday, the biggest event yet on the church’s calendar over which he has presided.

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So, you may have heard by now, but a couple of weeks ago I announced my retirement as pastor. It’s been a wonderful 25 years, as I have gotten to work with and serve some amazing people. I’ve written about 1,000 articles and preached about 2,000 sermons. This is my next-to-last article, and …

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Open Hands United Christian Ministry opened their new location Tuesday on the corner of Bledsoe Street and Newnan Road. The spacious facility will help the organization make more of a difference in the lives of west Georgia families. More such help is needed as COVID-19 puts a strain on the …

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Southern Hills, the Church at City Station, resumed its children’s programs starting last Sunday, Aug. 30.

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Words that I have used at funerals are words that come to me now. Funerals (I’ve done about 400 hundred since coming to First Baptist) are about finding ways to say goodbye. So, after announcing my retirement a couple of Sundays ago, I’m thinking a lot about those words.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Smith’s Chapel Memorial Day has been cancelled. Organizers say that the event, in which those who have passed away over the past year are remembered, will hopefully return next year. According to Historic Rural Churches of Georgia, Smith Chapel Metho…

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I write this article in anticipation of football — high school, college, and pro. I hope it happens; got my fingers crossed.