March for Jesus planners expect crowd

Almost 12,000 people showed up for the inaugural March for Jesus. The event returns Saturday, Oct. 22, and Dorothy Spaulding, the CEO of Watchmen Broadcasting, is expecting even more participants this year.
By Mary Frances Hendrix

Open House: Vatican opens papal summer apartment to public

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Friday opened the private apartments at the papal summer retreat to the public, giving visitors a rare look at the bed where Popes Pius XII and Paul VI died.

Imam Daoudi: Islamic calendar begins new year

Today, I would like to shed light on the Islamic calendar, also known as the lunar calendar.
By Imam Mohamad Jamal Daoudi

Even a puppy can awaken us all to the grace of God

I don't need an alarm clock! Every morning at 5:30, young Alexis Valentine brings me out of my slumber with little puppy licks on my cheek.
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Cole: Christians are called to act, not to sit back

The spectator mindset has made its way into the church today here in America, and it is a shame, to say the least.
By the Rev. James Cole

Woman shares how shoebox gift helped her faith

Izabella McMillon grew up in communist Romania. She was 13 when she received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox.
By Diana Renee Williams

Norris: God can breathe new life into valley of dry bones

Have you ever made elaborate plans to do something and greatly anticipated fulfilling those plans only to have to cancel because of an accident or illness? Then you know what it means to walk in the valley of dry bones.
By Gene Norris

Church program aims to help families of children with special needs

Vineyard Community Church wants to reach out to families who are often overlooked, and they've enlisted the help of Augusta University's occupational therapy students to do it.
By Lisa Kaylor

Longtime pastor, civil rights leader remembered

The Rev. Nathaniel Irvin Sr., who was active in the civil rights movement and served as minister of Old Storm Branch Baptist Church for 33 years, died Saturday.
By Lisa Kaylor

Pope Francis warns against corruption, abuse in sport

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis implored sports leaders on Wednesday to do a better job of keeping corruption off the playing field.
By Andrew Dampf

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Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

Religious groups combine faith, cold brews

WAUKESHA, Wis. - An­gela Caddell started struggling with her Christianity 14 years ago when she came out as gay. But a gathering at a bar to talk faith over a cold beer is helping her feel ...
By Carrie Antlfinger

Carter urges faith leaders to take stand against racisim

Jimmy Carter says the United States is experiencing "a resurgence of racism" and he's calling on Baptist faith leaders to foster change in their communities
By Kathleen Foody

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Miller: Keeping your faith fresh

How can we keep the vigor of our faith from fading? There's a lesson to be learned from Moses.
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: Dixie Echoes to deliver Southern gospel message twice

One of Southern gospel music's most popular groups, The Dixie Echoes, has been performing in the Augusta area since the mid-1960s including hosting major gospel music shows at Bell Auditorium.
By Don Rhodes

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

Retired pope reflects on papacy

VATICAN CITY - Retired Pope Benedict XVI has acknowledged that governing the church wasn't his strong suit but says he doesn't see his papacy as a failure and that he succeeded at least in ...
By Kirsten Grieshaber and Nicole Winfield

Churches must not be afraid to challenge

There is a high expectation from those who call themselves a Christian (or disciple, or follower, or any of the other words that are commonly used today to describe the uber churchgoer.
By the Rev. Randall Monk

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Friday, Sept. 2, 2016

Ed Rees: In Christ we find ultimate reality

Unless you've just arrived from another planet, by now I'm sure you've heard of the game Pokemon Go.
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Mother Teresa's faithfulness hid 'dark night' of soul

VATICAN CITY - When Pope Francis canonizes Mother Teresa on Sunday, he'll be honoring a nun who won admirers around the world and a Nobel Peace Prize for her joy-filled dedication to the "poorest ...
By Nicole Winfield

Man attributes miracle to Mother Teresa

VATICAN CITY - The Brazilian man whose "miraculous" cure from a brain infection paved the way for Mother Teresa's canonization this weekend said he is grateful for his life but doesn't feel ...
By Nicole Winfield

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Friday, Aug 26, 2016

James Cole: Will Christians stand up for what is right?

If we, as Christians, are not willing to stand against the masses and boldly declare what God has instructed us as to what is right and what is wrong, then what can we expect from the society ...
By James Cole

Minister of music nears retirement

Those who know Bill Smith, the minister of music at Louis­ville's First Baptist Church, know he walks in faith.
By Parish Howard

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016

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Jewish women to be honored

Congregation Children of Israel will honor six adult women today when they become B'Nai Mitzvah.

Friday, Aug 19, 2016

Pope outlines vision for life, family issues

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Wednesday outlined his vision for how the Vatican will promote family and life issues, naming an American moderate to head the new Vatican office for families and laity.
By Nicole Winfield

Trust only in Jesus to hear our prayers

We must take our prayers to Jesus instead of trying to handle our problems ourselves.
By the Rev. G. Daniel McCall

'Nickle and dime' approach pays off for New Mexico church

Fueled by faith and determination, volunteers worked tens of thousands of hours over the last several years to rebuild the heart of one mountain village in northern New Mexico.
By Susan Montoya Bryan

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