First person: Preparing a feast

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson William “Pill” Hall was one of the first organizers of the city’s annual Juneteenth event. The event, held at Potter Park, includes free food and drinks and free swimming for children from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Potter Park Pool. Saturday is a day of history, and a testament […]

All Christians know hope of resurrection

The Easter season is the celebration of the Resurrection Day. Jesus was crucified on a Friday, buried that day and on the third day He arose from the grave. But what is the hope of the resurrection? Job in the Old Testament acknowledged the hope of the resurrection when he proclaimed: “I know that my […]

Resurrection means we won’t die in vain

The Easter season and the zeal of the cross can be characterized by several descriptors. First, the crucifixion of Christ was a gruesome and horrendous event. Second, the ordeal and suffering Jesus experienced was foretold in the Old Testament and was fulfilled in the New Testament. Isaiah 53:5 reads: “But he was wounded for our […]

Service contributes to endless possibilities

By Judy Brandon: Religion Columnist The concept of servant leadership is a popular approach when talking about leadership theory these days. From an educational setting to a hospital system to a mammoth corporation, the idea of the leader serving or giving service to subordinates is appealing. Service is a powerful word, whether in the world, […]

These truths have saved many lives

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist You would have to work hard to find any place that more seriously tests faith and theology than a hospital waiting room. An honored clergy colleague, Bill Love, himself now with the Lord, once wrote about just such a place and his experience there. The lady lying in intensive […]

King’s speech still inspires decades later

Freedom Newspapers “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” — Martin Luther King Jr. When it comes to historical figures, people often feel either a need to embrace them entirely, ignoring or denying contradictory or troubling things that they said or did. The […]

Everyone can serve God, no matter one’s ability

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist The concept of servant leadership is a popular approach when talking about leadership theory. From an educational setting to a hospital system to a mammoth corporation, the idea of the leader serving or giving service to subordinates is appealing. Service is a big word. Isaiah in the Old Testament was […]

Where are sensitivity police for Dems?

By Mona Charen Need I say it? If a Republican had made the sort of joke Sen. Hillary Clinton made at a Missouri fund-raiser, it would have been front page news for days. Introducing a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, Sen. Clinton said, “He ran a gas station down in St. Louis.” After the laughter subsided, […]

Christmas means joy

CHRISTMAS MEANS JOY I love Christmas. Now why does that feel like a confession? Yes, I know the holiday has been twisted. The business and commercialism can be oppressive. Yes, I know that sorrow, suffering, and tragedy are particularly painfully poignant and that Satan easily scores as he particularly tries to rob us of hope […]