Griffith finds calling in overseas missions

With President Barack Oba-ma this week announcing his plan to eradicate the Islamic State militants, the eyes of this nation have turned to the Middle East again if they weren’t already there. But for one East Texas resident, the violence overseas hits a bit closer to the heart because of a personal connection. Twelfth Court of Appeals Just…

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No harm in hope

One of my biggest pet peeves happens when I talk excitedly about a prospect, an adventure or an idea and someone says, “Don’t get your hopes up.” When someone says that, I tell myself, “He thinks I am not talented…

22 August 2014 [10:57 PM]
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Cemetery dedicates Catholic section

Rose Lawn Cemetery in Tyler recently dedicated a Catholic section on its 30-acre site in south Tyler. Bishop Joseph Strickland blessed the…

22 August 2014 [10:53 PM]
An only child finally fits in

Some were tall, others short. Some skinny, others chubby. Many freckled and blue-eyed. But we were all family. It was the Williams’ reunion, and I loved it. I was related to all these nice people I’d never met before. They…

15 August 2014 [11:11 PM]
Diocese of Tyler hires first communications director

After 11 years with The University of Texas at Tyler, Peyton Low, the assistant athletic director of public relations and operations, has resigned to become the first director of communications with the Diocese of Tyler, the University announced on Friday.…

15 August 2014 [11:06 PM]
No matter who you are, you have a story to tell

Everyone has a story. Some people have more than one. Some people don’t want to share theirs. Some can’t wait. When I worked as a talk show host, I was blessed to hear stories from famous people like Max Lucado…

08 August 2014 [09:37 PM]
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Thank you all

In the words of the late, great philosopher, Groucho Marx, “Hello, I must be going.” Now, I have accepted a position at…

01 August 2014 [11:42 PM]
Whitehouse - Latter-Day Saints: Church getting new Bishop

Sam Anderson has been called to serve as the new Bishop of Whitehouse Ward, a congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A bishop is the leader of a local congregation (known as a ward). In the…

01 August 2014 [11:39 PM]
Dayspring United Methodist: Christian singer to perform concert

By REBECCA HOEFFNER rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com Christian singer Phil Wickham will perform in a concert Aug. 8 at Dayspring United Methodist Church — a church that has come a long way from meeting in a movie theater during its first few years. Tickets…

28 July 2014 [10:51 AM]
Don't be your own worst enemy

"A friend loves at all times…" Proverbs 17:17 (NASB) We really are our own worst enemies. We second guess ourselves. We say meaner things to ourselves than we say to the guy who cuts us off in…

19 July 2014 [12:00 AM]
Award-winning Christian musician to perform in Liberty City

Though he’s an award-winning artist, singer and songwriter Jason Crabb said he hopes his audience can identify with him through his music. “I think they can tell that I’m just like them,” he wrote in an email exchange. “I go…

18 July 2014 [11:59 PM]
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Are you there, God?

Do you ever read the Bible and feel — well, nothing? Is that sacrilegious to say? It’s a common issue, especially for…

18 July 2014 [11:49 PM]
Reader sounds off on being guest preacher

To the Religion Editor, 50 years ago this summer, Pine Springs Baptist Church of Tyler invited my wife and me — right out of Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth — to plant our lives there as their pastor and wife.…

11 July 2014 [11:32 PM]
Memories of a special teacher

“Well done, good and faithful servant!” Matthew 25:23 (NIV) My ninth-grade physics teacher at Shackelford Junior High in Arlington stands out among many terrific teachers I have been blessed to know. Mr. Geddie made a big impression on…

11 July 2014 [11:20 PM]