Surviving the Easter crush, 2013

There must a law, deep in the cosmic base code, that if parents dress their nine children in Easter white -- especially when the New England snow is melting -- at least one will fall into the mud."It was tough," said Simcha Fisher, describing this Easter's obstacle course, "but we survived all that and made it to Mass."This was not an ordinary Mass, of course. The Fishers -- with children ranging from 15 months to nearly 15 years -- were trying to get into the 11:15 a.m. rites on the day … [Read more...]

Memory eternal: Healer for the healers

Some of the seminarians in the Bible Belt chapel were shaken when Dr. Louis McBurney described -- in gentle, but clear terms -- the hurdles and pitfalls that awaited them in their first churches."I talked about ministers' problems and how, sometimes, professional counseling was what was needed," said the witty physician, whose counseling work was built on his evangelical faith, as well as psychiatric credentials from the Mayo Clinic. "When I was through, the seminary president strode to the … [Read more...]

What, me worry? Whatever

EDITOR'S NOTE: First of two columns on teens and ethics.Take comfort in this: The items on the following "to do" list do not apply to all teens today.Lie to your parents about those wild weekend plans -- check.Steal that scarf you want at the mall -- check.Download that term paper off the Internet and add a few mistakes to confuse the teacher -- check.Inflate your volunteer hours at your church's soup kitchen to pump up that college application -- check.The problem with the Josephson … [Read more...]

Sacred meals, Baptist and Orthodox

It's hard to hold a proper Southern Baptist dinner on the grounds without someone bringing a lemon pound cake.The recipe John David Finley grew up with was as down to earth as cooking can get, with one cup of butter, four eggs, the grated peel of half a lemon and the right amounts of flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, salt and nutmeg.But somewhere between the lines is the joy of his paternal grandmother, Lula Mae Finley. And those black-eyed peas -- you'll need a ham bone -- are just … [Read more...]


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