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By KATIE EUBANKS          You never expect somebody’s salvation story to involve a house fire.       John Damon, CEO of Canopy Children’s Solutions in Jackson, describes how he wound up...

Dara Evans — Truth and beauty in education

By KATIE EUBANKS          “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD,...

Bubba and Lea Holifield — Warriors By Grace

By KATIE EUBANKS   Bubba and Lea Holifield Warriors By Grace        State trooper Bubba Holifield and his wife, Lea, were in the middle of building a house when he got shot in the line of...

Johnny & Stacey Donaldson — From the farm to the board room

By KATIE EUBANKS Johnny & Stacey Donaldson From the farm to the board room There’s a painting at the Jackson headquarters of BankPlus that might take a trip down the hall by the time you read...

First Lady Elee Reeves — Faith, family, and life at the Governor’s Mansion

by KATIE EUBANKS   First Lady Elee Reeves Faith, family, and life at the Governor’s Mansion        Downtown Jackson is a beautiful place to be on a Sunday, “because of all the church...

Clay and Amanda Mansell — Spinning plates and fostering faith

By KATIE EUBANKS   Clay & Amanda Mansell Spinning plates and fostering faith      Clay Mansell has never performed in a circus, but he’s used to juggling.       From the late ’90s to the...

2021 Christian Leaders of the Future

         In summer 2008,  Belhaven University President Roger Parrott approached MCL with an idea for a Christian scholarship program. Since then, Belhaven has partnered with us each year...

Donavon & Alice Thigpen — On marriage, therapy and more

By KATIE EUBANKS   Donavon & Alice Thigpen On marriage, therapy and more        Donavon and Alice Thigpen have married each other twice.       At their first wedding, a...

Josh and Katie Braddy — Back home at Broadmoor

By KATIE EUBANKS   Josh and Katie Braddy Kids, COVID, and coming home to Broadmoor   Fun fact: The name Picayune, as in the Mississippi town of 11,000 just east of the toe of Louisiana,...

MCL’s Christian Leaders of the Year 2020

By KATIE EUBANKS   Earlier this year, MCL called for nominations for our 2020 Christian Leaders of the Year. Our four winners share a few commonalities, like working in and around education,...

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By DR. FRED HALL, LPC   QUESTION: I have a friend who said he is having suicidal thoughts. How do I help?          ANSWER:  Thanks for your question, reader. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America. Nearly every 11 minutes, someone dies from...

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by CAMILLE MORRIS        No need to wait for Thanksgiving or Christmas to prepare special meals for family and friends. These days, any opportunity to get together and share a meal is a reason for celebration. Here are some Morris family favorites that we enjoy...

But God Ministries — Providing jobs, changing lives in the Delta

by ANNA CLAIRE O’CAIN          Just a couple months from now, one of MCL’s favorite missions organizations will celebrate its 10th anniversary. But God Ministries            (BGM) started its work in Haiti and has since expanded into the Jonestown...

MISSION MISSISSIPPI MOMENTS — Bearing with one another

by VIKKI DILLON MUMFORD          In the midst of this season of suffering caused by the pandemic and post-pandemic, our community is saturated with forbearance opportunities. You may ask, “Why should we forbear with one another?” In this era, the world says,...

MODERN MOTHERHOOD — A spiritual wellness check for teens and adults

By LIBBO CROSSWHITE          As mental health is finally being brought to the table and real conversations are starting to be had in living rooms, classrooms and counselors’ offices, it’s been incredibly encouraging to have real dialogue with teenagers as...

LAGNIAPPE — How God introduced a Jackson man to his musical heroes

By KATIE EUBANKS          In the 1950s and ‘60s, Jacksonian Bill Morris fell in love with doo-wop music. He listened to groups like The Drifters (known for “Under the Boardwalk” and “This Magic Moment”), The Moonglows, and Vicksburg-based band The Red Tops,...

HEALTH & WELLNESS — Confessing my struggle with bulimia

By CHRIS FIELDS          The Bible admonishes us to confess our sins to one another. This is a Christian discipline we are all reluctant to practice, for the sake of perceived shame and potential judgment from fellow brothers and sisters, but the reason Christ urges us to practice this...

MISSION MISSISSIPPI MOMENTS — Bearing with one another

by VIKKI DILLON MUMFORD          In the midst of this season of suffering caused by the pandemic and post-pandemic, our community is saturated with forbearance opportunities. You may ask, “Why should we forbear with one another?” In this era, the world says, “You gotta hang tough, man!”...

OUTSIDE IN — What is your identity?

By CHRIS BATES          On a trip several years ago, we got to spend more than a week near San Cristobal, Nicaragua, digging ditches and working on other projects. My daughter and I met the rest of the team once we arrived in country. We anticipated that it would be a trip filled with...