Spiritual Matters

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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False, ‘bootleg’ preachers preying on God’s children

False, ‘bootleg’ preachers preying on God’s children

| May 7, 2014

By Minister Joseph Ducker Special to Frost Illustrated I’ve learned that prayer changes things. Pray when you’re up or down. First and foremost, I don’t think it up—I look it up and study the Word of God. Sound doctrine is what needs to be preached and listened to because the false prophets have turned God’s […]

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Supreme Court reaffirms right to pray to open public meetings

Supreme Court reaffirms right to pray to open public meetings

| May 6, 2014

From our perspective, this has always been something of a “no brainer.” While we understand that the state is not to sanction any one religion, we’ve always understood the Constitution to allow people voluntarily to participate in prayer at any time—and, at the same time, allow people to not participate if they so choose. Same […]

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Grace and mercy

| May 5, 2014

By Pastor E. A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times “I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvelous […]

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