Fri04182014

Religion

When things get unbearably rough, make a plan to get going

LucyShaw-160Dear Lucy: I work for a company where I get to see a lot of what really goes on because my job is at a low level in the organization. People assume that I am not paying attention because of my status. But I do. What I see is a lot of backbiting, meanness, lying, frustration and little respect for the customer, the boss or each other. I try to be a pleasant team player. My efforts don't really matter. I need my job but enough is enough. I am feeling tainted by all the negativity. What can I do to stay in the saddle?
– Rough Rider

Dear Rough Rider: Sounds to me like everybody is having a rough ride! Here are some things to consider.

If this has been going on longer than three years, chances are it will not change without a drastic change in leadership. You don't control that.

Sometimes, no matter how pleasant we may be, a spirit of anger and resentment when anchored, will not be pulled up by one person's attempts to be nice. You don't control that.

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Will ‘Noah’ film survive the flood of criticism from Christians?

noah 600The new bible epic "Noah" hit theaters nationwide Friday amid a storm of controversy.

The $130 million film, directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Oscar winners Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, and Jennifer Connelly, has received a flood of criticism from Christian leaders who say the director has taken too many liberties with religious scripture.

"Noah" offers a unique interpretation of the timeless Biblical tale of the flood that destroyed all mankind while Noah's ark prevailed through it all.

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Uplift another woman today and be glad for the voice to do so!

LucyShaw-160Dear Lucy: Is it my imagination or is there a new level of interest in things that pertain to women? Everywhere I look, there is something about women's rights or beauty or abuse. There is just so much attention on women now. I don't know whether to be sad or glad. What is going on?
– Confused Woman

Dear Confused Woman: I notice it too. But what I see looks like a long overdue push back.

There is nothing new about feminism and there have been lots of myths around about what it means to be a feminist. To stand up for equal treatment of women does not mean that you have to be female or gay, or liberal or support abortion or atheists or any thing of the sort. I think it is simply enough to expect to be treated respectfully, to be treated equally and to be able to speak your mind without fear of censure.

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This Sunday!

ElaineSanford 600Rev. Elaine Sanford to keynote Women's Day at St. John Baptist Church

The Rev. Elaine Y. Sanford, who has provided outreach ministry and support services to needy women and children for 20-plus years, will be the keynote speaker as St. John Baptist Church hosts its Annual Women's Day program on Sunday (March 23rd).

The Women's Day service begins at 3 p.m. at the church at 640 Vance Ave. Rev. Sanford is an active minister at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church (The Blvd). in Memphis, Tennessee.

St. John's Women's Chorus will provide the music, with a reception to follow the program in the A. McEwen Fellowship Hall. The program is coordinated by Sandra Cohns-Jones, chairperson, and Carolyn A. Simms, co-chairperson. The Rev. Henry L. Key is the host-pastor.

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‘Why Every Black Woman Should Marry a Jewish Man’

wedbook 600Sometimes, a sister has to kiss a lot of frogs before finding her soul mate. In Dr. Nazaree Hines-Starr's case, she had to date a lot of "scumbags," as she puts it.

As a black woman, she had trouble meeting single guys who were at her level "emotionally, academically or professionally. Unfortunately, most of the available African-American men she met "had managed to waste years that should have been spent in college or developing a career, chasing skirts, getting arrested, or playing video games."

Moreover, many had "accumulated baggage" such as "rap sheets" and "baby-mama drama." And even the rare brother who had his act together was never serious about settling down and starting a family.

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Trayvon Martin’s family attorney to speak at Memphis COGIC conference

Cogic 600Benjamin Crump, known to many as the attorney that represented the family of Trayvon Martin as they sought justice for his fatal shooting at the hands of George Zimmerman, will keynote The Conference on Family 2014 in Memphis on Friday (Feb. 28th).

Temple Church of God in Christ is hosting the three-day conference that will stretch through Sunday (March 2nd) at the church at 672 South Lauderdale. Attorney Crump will speak at 7 p.m.

The goal of the conference is to bring people together in a common forum to discuss today's problems and challenges of families, including how to deal with juvenile delinquency, aging parents, unwed mothers, and the social and emotional stresses of poverty.

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Setting boundaries for healing and helping

LucyShaw-160Dear Lucy: I have a friend who has had back trouble for some 20 years following an accident. She has back pain and has gone to lots of doctors and is overweight from lack of exercise. She has now started exploring alternative therapies that she won't do. The problem is that she is so negative, whiney and mean and has nothing good to say about anything or anybody. I help her out a lot, travel with her and work hard to be her friend and support. But she really doesn't want to be well. She just wants to complain. I hate to desert her but it's making me sick! I am the only one left who caters to her and is there for her. Any ideas. – Pained

Dear Pained: I think this is about both of you. She has set her boundaries for healing and you need to set some boundaries for helping.

About her: Many of us have a low threshold for pain and it's worse when we have to live with it daily. It can make you irritable and short tempered. But there are lots of things out there for pain beyond drugs.

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New Direction broadens Pinkout Sunday focus

PastorKarren-600While the "pink" in PinkOUT Sunday at New Direction Christian Church has long emphasized Breast Cancer awareness, this year worshippers were encouraged to get "out" of unhealthy relationships as the church recognized both breast cancer and domestic violence awareness in one powerful service.

Worshippers were encouraged to wear pink and/or purple to show their support. All attendees received abuse hotline information, self-examination info about breast cancer and access to counselors who were on-hand to assist during service in private rooms.

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Deacon uses ‘Gifted Hands’ to help boys

30giftedhands-400At The New Olivet Baptist Church, several boys, ages 10 to 18, recently viewed "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story" and then answered questions and wrote an essay about the movie.

Several of the top scorers were rewarded with a trip to Union University in Jackson, Tenn. to hear Dr. Carson speak at a banquet on Oct. 22nd.

Deacon Herman Draine Jr. coordinated the effort for the youth.

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New CD: Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir, Gospel stars

TOD-CD-Cover-500Recently, some of the leading ladies in gospel music came together for a power-packed live CD recording at the Temple of Deliverance COGIC, the historic Memphis church founded by the late Bishop G.E. Patterson as Bountiful Blessings Church in 1975.

Aside from being a superior preacher, Bishop Patterson was also known for his spirited traditional gospel recordings of standards such as "My Record Will Be There" and "Inside the Gate." His successor, Superintendent Milton R. Hawkins, is carrying on the musical legacy by partnering with Habakkuk Music to release a new CD entitled, "Pastor Milton R. Hawkins Presents Live In The Sanctuary." The CD features the church's 200-plus voice Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ Women's Choir.

The twelve song CD hits stores on Nov. 5th, with the album available at a discounted price of $7.99 on iTunes pre-order prior to the release date.

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The Rev. Rufus Smith next up at Hope Church

Rev RufusSmith-200The largest church in Memphis – and the second largest Presbyterian Church in the country – has announced a new senior pastor. But he's no stranger to the church.

Hope Church has named the Rev. Rufus Smith IV, its current senior associate pastor, to lead the church. Current Senior Pastor Dr. R. Craig Strickland will maintain a very active and visible role within the church in his new position as founding pastor.

Smith will be installed into his new role the weekend of Nov. 16-17.

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Jeremy Lin: Faith, family, academics & then sports

Jeremy-Lin-400t"Linsanity" was born in early 2012 when Jeremy Lin, now the starting point guard for the NBA's Houston Rockets, rose to prominence with the New York Knicks as he was on the verge of being cut.

Lin, who consistently points to his faith as his means of dealing with both disappointment and success, talks here about "Linsanity," the new documentary chronicling both his commitment to Christ and his meteoric rise to superstardom.

Kam Williams: Hi Jeremy, thanks for the interview.

Jeremy Lin: My pleasure, Kam.

KW: Why did you allow a film crew to shoot this documentary, especially since they started following you around while you were still at Harvard, well before you became an overnight NBA sensation? Did you have a hunch about how your story was going to turn out?

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The prayers inside the President’s Blackberry

jd Headshot wide-160Washington – One thing is for sure: I didn't feel ready to send morning devotionals to the next President of the United States.

I was a young staffer, 25 years old, on Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. I had known Obama for a few years, and at the time worked as faith outreach director for his campaign.

In addition to my professional role reaching out to the faith community, I also personally prayed for Obama by myself each day. I had been an associate pastor at a small Pentecostal church in Boston, and my Christian faith was, and is, the guiding force of my life.

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