New Year's Eve celebration, 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, The Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 3200 E. Broad St. Details: (804) 226-1172 or www.themountcarmel.org
A couple of months ago in this column, I wrote that if a person feels unwelcome just about everywhere else in the world, he or she should always be made to feel welcome by the people of a church. That should be the way love works.
Tens of thousands of tourists and Christian pilgrims packed the West Bank town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations Saturday, bringing warm holiday cheer to the traditional birthplace of Jesus on a raw, breezy and rainy night.
I picked the wrong person to greet with "Happy Holidays." I can't recall our conversation beforehand, but with these words, his face clamped down, his lips drew into a tight line. He leaned in toward me and made firm, icy eye contact. "Merry Christmas," he said — the "Christmas" was both underlined and italicized. It was The War Against Christmas, and there we stood on either side of the battle line.
This is a column about giving, and this is Christmas season. However, this column is not about Christmas or holiday giving.
Celtic Evensong and Communion, featuring flutist Kathy Whittle and pianist Bobby Coghill, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, pre-service music at 5:15, Christ & Grace Episcopal Church ...
It's not too often that a budding semi-pro theologian like me gets to talk about Jesus and Bigfoot in the same column, so I'm really psyched about this one.
The Rev. Billy Graham was in good spirits at a North Carolina hospital Thursday after being given his second pneumonia diagnosis since May.
English-speaking Roman Catholics who have regularly attended Mass for years found themselves in an unfamiliar position Sunday, needing printed cards or sheets of paper to follow along with a ritual many have known since childhood.
Will Tuttle, pianist, in concert tonight at 7; and "Opening the Intuitive Gate: The Keys to Developing Your Intuition" workshop, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Unity Christ Church of Bon Air ...
Like the beginning of a bad novel, it was a dark and stormy night. A crowd waited restlessly to enter the gate, but it would not open.
The line began to form outside Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday about 5:30 a.m., even before many of the volunteers arrived.
The regular Thursday-morning meeting at IPC Technologies in Henrico County gets started early — sometimes before sunrise.
A friend of mine once attended a funeral where, during a moment of prayer, the minister looked out over the gathered mourners and solemnly intoned, "We thank you, God, for the gift of immorality."
Musical service, 5 p.m. today, Triumphant Baptist Church, 2003 Lamb Ave. Details: (804) 321-7622. ...
For many Americans, Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. I am one of them.
Lots of Gouda cheese represents the handiwork of the dozen nuns who live in a monastery at the foot of Pigeon Top Mountain.
Never compromise on core matters of faith.
I'm not sure I'm cut out for middle age. This is the time of life when things are supposed to get solidified — my politics, religious views, ethics, waistline. This is the time of life when I'm supposed to become dependable, reliable or if not dependable, at least consistent, right?
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