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Neither Darwinism, intelligent design explain it all

1/4/2006

Guest Column By Dr. W. Lamar Weems The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin was published nearly 150 years ago. The book formalized a growing notion in the scientific community that life on Earth has evolved from lower forms to more complex and specialized organisms. Darwin theorized that evolution has been driven by the force of natural selection ...


New therapy helps stroke survivors

1/4/2006

By Susan Christensen Special to the Advocate Polly Roberts used to look at her clenched left fist with a sense of resignation. She figured it was futile to hope for further recovery from the 1999 stroke that left her hand so constricted she couldn’t pull up her own bed covers. “You reach a plateau where they say it’s as good as it’s going to be,” ...


Special service set at Gulfside Assembly

1/4/2006

Friends and supporters of Gulfside Assembly are invited to attend a special service of remembrance at the facility’s site in Waveland. The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. Jan. 7. Gulfside has a long history as a place of worship and refuge to African-Americans, particularly in the Southeast. During the turbulent 1960s, Gulfside was one of the few ...


Strive to be perfect in fallen world

1/4/2006

The Storyteller Rev. Huey Wood A preacher had an early morning speaking appointment. He set the alarm clock to alarm at his appointment time, but for some reason the clock did not work. This put him 15 minutes late. He ran into the bathroom to shave, cut himself and almost never got the bleeding stopped. When he finished dressing he ran to the car...


The children need toys: Michigan child's compassion sparks Christmas toy drive

1/4/2006

“And a little child will lead them...” — Isaiah 11:6b By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor Madelyn Galbraith might not understand what she has done, nor might children on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. But rest assured, their parents and friends know. Little Madelyn’s concern for children affected by Hurricane Katrina led to a toy drive that made ...


Writer seeks help with Born of Conviction project

1/4/2006

Special to the Advocate More than 40 years after a group of Mississippi Methodist pastors took a stand against racial discrimination, a book is being written about the event. Joseph T. Reiff, a religion professor at Emory & Henry College and clergy member of the Holston Annual Conference, is working on a book on the “Born of Conviction” statement ...


Anybody can do anything by help of God

12/21/2005

By Lavelle Woodrick   Jan. 1, 2006 Finding Strength to Serve Purpose: To encourage us to give thanks for God’s ability to transform us into servants. Scripture: 1 Timothy, Chapter 1 Key Verse:  “I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He judged me faithful and appointed me to his service.” — 1 Timothy 1:12 New Year...


Bridging Katrina recovery gaps

12/21/2005

By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor GULFPORT – Many United Methodist churches along the Gulf Coast are engaged in effective recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina. Ed Blakeslee hopes to work with those churches by providing additional resources and support. Blakeslee is the conference coordinator for the Mississippi United Methodist Katrina ...


Christmas people, greatly blessed

12/21/2005

“All who see them shall acknowledge that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.”  — Isaiah 61:9 The scriptural theme is clear and continual:  We are blessed to be a blessing. From the moments when Abraham and Sarah heard this good word from God, God’s people have continued to live into this gracious reality. We are blessed that we may bless ...


Group home residents blossom by growing poinsettias

12/21/2005

By John Gordon United Methodist News Service SENATOBIA — Bright poinsettia plants, a favorite symbol of Christmas, are not all that grow inside the greenhouses at the Baddour Center. Residents of the group home for mentally challenged adults find growth within themselves as they carefully cultivate thousands of plants, which are sold to churches, ...


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