Religion

Dr. Luther D. Ivory, professor emeritus at Rhodes College, speaks from experience when he says a new generation of students wants to know who Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was and how his resistance to the status quo changed life for African Americans. They are curious, he says, about...
Count the Rev. Jeffrey Williams among the local pastors who – despite dwindling attendance – is rock-solid sure that the church will increasingly become a place of refuge in the troubled times ahead. Such assuredness is rooted in a faith that sustains the pastor of Tucker Temple Church of God...
There are pastors that will never be recognized with some great award or commendation. Still, they demonstrate resilience and dedication to duty despite a diminishing congregation. The Rev. James Short is just such a pastor and True Faith Baptist Church is one such ministry. A small, inner-city church, True Faith...
Easier-to-follow versions of familiar hymns and worship numbers are featured in two recently released books by Brenda Buford Shaw, who started giving piano lessons before she turned 10 years old. Shaw’s two publications – “In the Garden of the Wings of Love” and “Inspiring Hymn Song Arrangements” – give basic...
Within the United Methodist Mississippi River District, an optimistic outlook for the coming year is buoyed by the presence of Supt. Dr. Cynthia Davis and commitment to a simple strategy: love in action draws people in the community to a place where needs are being met. “Our churches reach out...
Gospel star Earnest Pugh’s alma mater is Millington Central High School, where he now is giving back by mentoring students in the school’s gospel choir once a month. Pugh’s mentoring sessions with the Millington Gospel Choir are set for the first Friday of each month, with the first held Dec....
Only moments after the burial of Bishop E. Lynn Brown on Saturday, the passing of  Bishop William Graves sent more shockwaves through the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Bishop Lawrence Reddick posted a statement on the CME website Saturday afternoon: “Dear CME Family, Bishop William H. Graves, the 42nd bishop of the...
On Tuesday, November 16th, news media around the United States reported the story that a local law enforcement officials arrested a white teenager who idolized Dylan Roof with a notebook in her position detailing a plot to attack Bethel AME Church in Gainesville, Ga. We are thankful for the...
by L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender (Editor's Note: The following has been updated from its original publication in November 2018) The term actualize means to make a reality by action. If we are to really celebrate Thanksgiving 2018, let us transform the celebration into an...
The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at First Baptist Church Bartlett has been encouraging boys and men for 12 years. Pastor Darryl McDonald largely credits his father, Webber McDonald. At a point when McDonald was adrift and detached from his morally-centered upbringing, his father’s care served as a beacon back to spiritual...