Lifestyles: Faith

Apr. 17, 2014 @ 12:58 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Holocaust memorial event April 27 at Chapel Hill Kehillah
  • 'Seven Last Words of Christ,' egg hunt slated
  • Easter services at United Church
  • Egg hunt Saturday at Fletcher’s Chapel UMC
  • Easter services at St. Philip’s Episcopal 
  • Stations of the Cross, cantata at University UMC
  • And more ...

Apr. 16, 2014 @ 10:42 AM

An Easter musical about the message, not a show

The Rev. Randy Thompson, minister of music at Braggtown Baptist Church, says the choir’s Easter musical won’t be a performance.

“We are servants. … It’s a celebration of worship, not just a show,” said Thompson, 65, who retired a few years ago after serving churches with choirs large and small. He came back into ministry part time at Braggtown Baptist.


Apr. 10, 2014 @ 12:47 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Slavery’s influence on Passover seders and Southern food
  • U.S. Rep. Clyburn to speak at St. Paul AME
  • Watts Street Baptist names new pastor
  • Labyrinth walk this weekend at Aldersgate
  • ‘Glorious Day’ cantata on Palm Sunday
  • Family and Friends Day at West Durham Baptist
  • Homecoming Sunday at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist
  • Pastoral anniversary, Easter services at Cain’s Chapel 
  • Camp registration at St. Paul’s Lutheran

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 10:28 AM

Local churches plan Holy Week services, events

Holy Week begins in a few days, and local churches will host events commemorating Palm Sunday through Good Friday and then the celebration of Easter on April 20.
Temple Baptist Church will hold its first Stations of the Cross in its fellowship hall April 18, which is Good Friday. Christians observe Good Friday as the day that Jesus Christ was crucified. Stations of the Cross mark Jesus’ journey to the cross.


Apr. 02, 2014 @ 02:51 PM

Belief Briefs

  • Tuesday Night Preaching at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist
  • Ham and eggs at Duke’s Chapel UMC Saturday
  • Spring revival at Victorious Life Fellowship
  • Holy Week at University Presbyterian
  • Pastors preach nightly during ICFC Holy Week services
  • Blood drive, chicken dinner fundraiser at Fletcher’s Chapel UMC
  • Mt. Vernon Baptist youth to tour colleges over spring break
  • And more ...

Apr. 02, 2014 @ 01:02 PM

Bart Ehrman’s latest book examines 'How Jesus Became God'

Bart Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, has made a name for himself beyond UNC and beyond those who study religion.
His 2005 “Misquoting Jesus” was a New York Times best-seller and led to several more books and lots of attention. In the years since, he has spoken publicly on several occasions – locally and on television – about his work and his own views as well as the reactions they elicit. He used to wait until the end of the semester to tell his students what he believes, but now they can simply read about it. In his book about suffering, called “God’s Problem,” Ehrman wrote about how the questioning of God allowing suffering became a turning point for him, once an evangelical Moody Bible Institute student, becoming agnostic. 


Mar. 26, 2014 @ 04:02 PM

REVIEW: ‘E-Team’ in the field with Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch’s boots-on-the-ground emergencies team in the war-torn world is known as the E-Team, and the documentary film “E-Team” takes audiences into places like Syria and Lebanon as the team does field interviews. “E-Team” will be screened on April 4 at the Carolina Theatre during the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in downtown Durham.


Mar. 26, 2014 @ 10:52 AM

Understanding Jesus and first century Judaism

Learning how to avoid anti-Jewish preaching and teaching is not a requirement of Christian seminary students. So Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School, is taking it on herself. Levine spoke to a roomful of ministers Tuesday at Beth El Synagogue in Durham for the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill’s Community Relations Council 2014 Ministers’ Conference.
Levine, who is co-editor of “The Jewish Annotated New Testament,” lectured on “Misunderstanding First Century Judaism Means Misunderstanding Jesus.” She said there are common errors made about understanding the first century that, “if we get wrong, we get Jesus wrong.”


Mar. 19, 2014 @ 10:39 AM

Belief Briefs

  • New pastor at Yates Baptist Church
  • Creative hymnody at Westminster Presbyterian
  • Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist ushers celebrate anniversary
  • Wear school colors to Ebenezer Missionary Baptist on Sunday
  • Lenten services, Wellesley College Choir at St. Paul’s Lutheran
  • Gospel music at Jerusalem Community Church
  • And more ...

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

Churches gather for World Day of Prayer

An ice storm postponed it by a week, but Christian women in Hillsborough still came together for the 35th year of the World Day of Prayer observance on March 14 at Dickerson Chapel AME Church.
Suzanne Faulkner’s mom, Anne Salomon, started the local observance in 1979 with four churches, including Hillsborough United Methodist. Newcomers this year included several men. While it’s a global Christian women observance, men are welcome – like Pastor Ryan Brooks of Vertical Church in Hillsborough and Pastor Dave Bookout of newhope Church in Durham, where Faulkner attends.


Mar. 19, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

A Lenten study of Acts, led by Duke professor emeritus

The Rev. James “Mickey” Efird has taught biblical studies since 1958, when he was a graduate student at Duke Divinity School. He spent decades on the faculty and is a professor emeritus. For those who haven’t been his students at Duke, Efird frequently leads study series at local churches.
This Lent, he is lecturing on the New Testament book of Acts at First Presbyterian Church. It is part of the church’s annual Lenten Bible study, and from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays through April 10, Efird is “teaching and sharing what he knows to enrich others,” said the Rev. Mark Diehl, interim senior pastor at First Presbyterian.


Mar. 12, 2014 @ 09:59 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Diocese receives award to launch A Moveable Feast
  • World Day of Prayer event rescheduled
  • Faith Connections on Mental Illness conference March 28
  • Men’s Conference Celebration at Russell Memorial
  • Male Chorus anniversary at Peace Missionary Baptist
  • And more ...

Mar. 12, 2014 @ 09:43 AM

Angels on the phone: Local woman shares stories of divine intervention

Alisa Edwards Smith of Chapel Hill has two personal stories just published in two different books about faith. Both stories are from her childhood and involve telephone calls and her grandmother.
The popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series has a new edition called “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen: 101 Inspirational Stories about Hope, Answered Prayers, and Divine Intervention.” Guideposts, the inspirational publisher, has a new book out called “The Best Angel Stories 2013.” Smith’s writing is featured in both.


Mar. 05, 2014 @ 03:39 PM

‘Faith Connections’ conference on mental health

For the fourth year, the Faith Connections on Mental Illness conference will bring clergy, laity and health professionals together to share ideas and expertise about the intersection of religion and mental health issues. The conference will be held March 28 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill.


Mar. 05, 2014 @ 09:09 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Founders Day at Apex School of Theology
  • Lenten programs at St. Titus’ Episcopal
  • Women’s Day Celebration at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist
  • Former dean to speak at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist
  • And more ...