Seminary celebrates 50 years of teaching truth

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THIS IS MY STORY — Watching God work in Jackson

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OUTSIDE IN — The indelible visuals

By CHRIS BATES          We watched a grizzly bear and her two cubs devour an elk carcass. Granted, it was from a significant distance through a spotting scope, but the refuge was indelibly...

Helping mothers ‘One by One’

By ANNA CLAIRE O’CAIN      One by One Ministries is a 501c3 nonprofit that partners with Mississippi pregnancy centers to educate and mentor new mothers so they and their babies can thrive. Kristy...

THIS IS MY STORY — How our son taught us: ‘Suffering is a teacher’

By JENNIE RODGERS        If our family’s battle with cerebral palsy helps just one person see Jesus through our son’s suffering, it is worth the fight. My husband and I were trying everything...

AS I SEE IT — Sideways energy: Navigating life in an ‘I’m offended’ society

By DAN HALL          I wrote on this topic five years ago. Unfortunately, the national conversation has not only seemed to deteriorate, but I fear the “I’m offended” mantra has entered the...

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