Spiritual Matters

Obituaries: May 21-27 Edition

Obituaries: May 21-27 Edition

| May 21, 2014

Nell R. Anderson. 77, passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital. She born Sept. 1, 1936 in Shreveport, La., and moved to Fort Wayne in 1965.  She retired from Fort Wayne State Developmental Center in 1995 after 30 years of service. Surviving are her children, Alfred III (Denise) Anderson of Campton, Ill., Louise Freeman, […]

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Rev. Stewart Speaks! Fearless or fearful?

Rev. Stewart Speaks! Fearless or fearful?

| May 14, 2014

By the Rev. Dr. Lakeya Stewart, M.Div., D.Min., ABD Have you ever been afraid of approaching your leader about a new idea or about something important to you? If so, have you ever wondered why you were afraid? Is being fearful wrong? I used to believe that being fearful of the leader was probably a […]

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Obituaries: May 14-20 Edition

Obituaries: May 14-20 Edition

| May 14, 2014

Joseph “Phine” Banks Jr. was born Feb. 1, 1939,  the eldest of ten children born to Joseph Banks and Cora (Brooks) Banks in Uniontown, Ala.  He departed this life on Monday, May 5, 2014. Joe, as he was called by many, moved to Fort Wayne in 1957.  He was previously employed by Mike’s Car Wash, Reliable Cleaning […]

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Some troubled by Christ’s message about wealth

Some troubled by Christ’s message about wealth

| May 13, 2014

Ahhh. We knew we liked this pope. Like Jesus, he has incurred the wrath of those who would sit in power by suggesting that those on the bottom be given something. Folks who have a problem with that message of looking out for the poor had better take another look at the gospel and the […]

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Satan and scandal: Why does a Harvard student group want to reenact a Satanic black mass?

Satan and scandal: Why does a Harvard student group want to reenact a Satanic black mass?

| May 12, 2014

We wonder if the “Founding Fathers,” in their quest to guarantee free speech and religious freedom, had ever envisioned the types of tests that have come about today. Previously, we have talked about some who love to flaunt and not just exercise rights. We also acknowledge, however, that if the nation and it’s citizens are […]

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The tyranny, violence of religion

The tyranny, violence of religion

| May 11, 2014

By Brenda Robinson There once was a black family in Kentucky who defied the norm in terms of intellect. The family head was a single mom, high school dropout, rearing two sons and earning whatever the minimum wage was in the 1960s. The children were victims of educational deprivation, due to the racism, prejudice and […]

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Indiana same sex ruling could be part of defining argument of times

| May 9, 2014

Some people have argued that the debate over same sex marriage will be one of the defining political issues of this era. Perhaps it will be but, from our perspective, not for the relatively limited reasons some people think. While the idea of same sex marriage has been defined as a civil rights issue, the […]

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Interview with Edward Young: Bible key to understanding who ‘we’ are

Interview with Edward Young: Bible key to understanding who ‘we’ are

| May 8, 2014

By Eric D. Hackley Eric Hackley: Jim Redmond earlier expressed discontent in the social absence of black pastors and their community leadership. Please correct the flaws in Mr. Redmond’s scathing black situation analysis. Edward Young: On Pimpology? There is no correction. He was right on time with that! You know what my stance on that subject has […]

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Rev. Stewart Speaks! Church hostage

Rev. Stewart Speaks! Church hostage

| May 8, 2014

By the Rev. Lakeya Stewart “Oh sister, you can’t move… we need your help at the church!” Have you ever heard this or something similar come from a beloved pastor or church leader? Unfortunately, I have.  We live in a time when some leaders aren’t as concerned about church members reaching their full potential in […]

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Obituaries: May 7-13 Edition

Obituaries: May 7-13 Edition

| May 7, 2014

Gregory Dean Martin Jr. was born on November 4, 1982 in San Antonio, Texas to Linda Teresa (Garrett) Martin and Gregory Dean Martin Sr. He confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized at the Union Baptist Church.  Gregory was active in the children’s choir, youth choir and youth usher board.  His primary education […]

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