The Boulevard has its pastor

pastor-photo-with-wife-600The Rev. Jason Lawrence indeed will be the new senior pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

Rev. Lawrence was chosen over the weekend during a special congregational meeting. He was selected by a majority vote totaling 94.2 percent.

Turner, 32, is a Yale University alum who currently pastors a church in Connecticut while completing doctoral studies. He and his wife are expecting their first child this month. Members of the Search and Transition Team of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, in conjunction with the Vanderbloemen Search Firm, selected Turner to present to the congregation last month.


Think and create the life you want

Dear Lucy: Year after year I make New Year's Resolutions. I have made some of the same ones over and over only to not reach them. Then there are some that I make that are a piece of cake. This year, I want to really achieve something great that I can look back on and be proud of. Do you have any suggestions about this? – "Ready for a brand new life"


When God talks back

mlk-praying-600(CNN) – In the Bible, God spoke directly to Abraham. He spoke directly to Moses. He spoke directly to Job. But to your neighbor down the street?

Most people reading the ancient scriptures understand these accounts of hearing God's voice as miracles that really did happen but no longer take place today, or maybe as folkloric flourishes to ancient stories. Even Christians who believe that miracles can be an everyday affair can hesitate when someone tells them they heard God speak audibly. There's an old joke: When you talk to God, we call it prayer, but when God talks to you, we call it schizophrenia.


A perfect match: ‘Good’ and God

Dear Lucy: It is another year! Maybe that means that I don't have to go through all the stuff I went through last year that made my life just one long, hard, bumpy road. Don't get me wrong, I am grateful for all things good, I just don't want to struggle this year. Any ideas?


‘Operation Take Back’

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Memphis Chapter is appealing to the faith-based community to participate in "Operation Take Back" – a project developed to minimize crime in the Memphis area.

It is time for the law-abiding citizens to take back the Memphis Community, according to the Rev. Dwight Montgomery, president of SCLC Memphis and pastor of Annesdale-Cherokee Baptist Church.


Gunmen in Nigeria attack church, kill 6

Gunmen in northern Nigeria attacked a church's Christmas Eve services, killing six people and setting the building on fire, police said.

A pastor was slain in the incident, police said.


Thanks Miss Emma for our Christmas message

Dear Lucy: This has been a really hard year for me and my family. I am on a fixed income, I have three of my grandchildren living with me and it can get real hard. I don't have lots to give this Christmas and I am tired just watching and listening to all the talk about buying and spending on things that they forget the next day. So much for just one day. The Lord has been good to me and I hope to see another Christmas. We made it through and I just thank the Lord.


Pastors for Pre-K

Walker-reading-to-PreK-600The Rev. Brandon Walker felt a tug on his heart as he and the Rev. DeAndre Brown moved among the children at Ross Elementary School on Tuesday. The two pastors were on hand to draw the public's attention to the "positive impact of high-quality early education."

"I am a product of Head Start and I personally know the value of an early education," Pastor Walker told The New Tri-State Defender. "Looking at the faces of the students in Mrs. Renita Armstrong's pre-kindergarten class was second to none. I listened as they told me what they wanted to be when they grow up. Some said police officers, others said doctors, and one African-American boy said he wanted to be the president of the United States."


Holiday parties, yes; pity parties, No!

Dear Lucy: This Christmas season is so hard for me. I lost my mother this year and I just cannot imagine this Christmas without her. I have sisters and brothers who feel the same. What can I do or say to break this awful depression that we are all in? We have tried everything and we are so tired and sad. Thanks.


New pastor recommended for Mississippi Boulevard

pastor-photo-with-wife-600The Rev. Jason Lawrence Turner – senior pastor of Community Baptist Church of New Haven, Conn. since 2006 – has been recommended to become the new senior pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

Turner will be introduced to the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church (MBCC) congregation on Jan. 13. MBCC East will merge with the MBCC Bellevue location for the 10 a.m. service when Rev. Turner will deliver the sermon.


A real ‘me’ dilemma: Family drama vs. Christmas joy

Dear Lucy: Christmas may be the time of joy, but it is also the time when family dinners and drama happen. Even though I want to be forgiving and friendly with certain family members, I just can't see myself being around them pretending. But my mother would be hurt if I don't show up with my family. What can I do?


Even church folk get confused about money

Dear Lucy: I went with my husband to pay his cell phone bill and while we were there the salesperson told him about a special offer. My husband decided to take advantage of it as a gift to me. I was excited about the gift. But, there was a glitch with the process and the total amount kept changing. My husband is very patient with this sort of stuff and can talk about money all day long. I absolutely hate conversations about money and got so irritated that I told him I didn't want the gift. I am always sabotaging myself like this. Help!


Faith and AIDS Conference Set for World AIDS DAY

Christ Missionary Baptist Church will host a Faith and AIDS Conference on World AIDS Day – Dec. 1 – in partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis Ryan White Program and Mid-South AIDS Fund.

The conference will include a community breakfast, workshops and the screening of the documentary "The Gospel of Healing." Registration begins at 8 a.m. The goal is for local communities of faith to bring attention and awareness to the AIDS epidemic and to encourage a discussion on AIDS education, treatment and care. The church is located at 480-494 S. Parkway E.