June 11, 2012
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This Sunday is a special day in the life of my church and thousands of other churches that observe the Christian liturgical year: it's the first Sunday in Advent. Advent, which means "coming," is a time to a recall the birth of Christ and all that Christ stands for
Psalm 118 invites us to "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His steadfast love endures forever."
JOE LAGUARDIA: Reaching those who have given up on church requires compassion, finding common ground
Over the last week, politicians are clamoring to move the GOP forward after losing the While House. Stories abound on how they lost ground with young people who voted overwhelmingly for President Obama.
At the writing of this column -- on the eve of the election -- I do not have any clue who will win the presidential race.
JOE LAGUARDIA: Whether worship is traditional or contemporary, your relationship with God is most important
It seems that a church's worship style determines congregational attendance these days.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. It is a good time for advocacy, support, education, and remembrances of survivors and victims of breast cancer.
Aside from some of my favorite times during the Christian year, such as Pentecost and Advent, we here at my church practice another event that has become a favorite: Christival.
In last week's column, I mentioned a question my daughter asked before her great-grandmother's funeral.
Several weeks ago I had the honor of officiating a memorial service for a dearly beloved friend and churchgoer.
If you were to ask me what religious denomination is growing in the United States, I would have guessed the Pentecostals.
There once was a guy named Jairus. He was a real faithful churchgoer and leader in his community.
When was the last time you hosted a tea party and invited a bunny, a doll, a witch, stuffed bears, and your younger brother?
Every now and then I find myself in the office listening to a person who has just passed through a crisis of faith.
Trying to find a new church can be a daunting, overwhelming, and exhausting task. Whether a person is new to the area or simply searching for a new place to worship, finding that "perfect" community takes time and prayer.
Rockdale readers: My guess is that not many young people from the middle and high school crowd read the newspaper, so I need to ask you a favor -- please pass this along to a young person nearest you.
Last week, many communities in the South saw droves of people turn out for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.
My father's side of the family is especially good at storytelling. I don't know what it is about those LaGuardias, but their stories can captivate people for hours.. It's probably my Grandpa's influence. I remember attending barbecues ("grilling out" in the South) as a child and listening to him for
Throughout the school year, I order my life around the Christian calender. That calendar begins with Advent and ends with Holy Trinity Sunday.
It was Paul who wrote to churches in the heart of the Roman empire that they were to "Be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God" (Romans 13:1). Ever since then, Christians have struggled with their role -- and the church's proper place --
Although parents get tired of hearing it, a child's cry is a miraculous way God helps us figure out what he or she wants.
When I was trying to think of something patriotic to write about for the Fourth of July week, I couldn't think of anything specific.
"And your slaves, both men and women slaves... shall prophesy.". In the ancient world, there were people who held the top of the social echelon and those who remained at the bottom. On the lowest rung were slaves.. Slavery was the result of various social situations. Some slaves were
In the shadow of some recent deaths of important figures in Christendom, such as theologian John Hick and prisoner-turned-prison reformer Chuck Colson, some seasoned saints have been writing about what God has in store for those who are facing the second half of their life's ministries.