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Libbo and Clay Crosswhite — Keep it real, keep it simple

By KATIE EUBANKS        When Libbo Crosswhite thinks of Valentine’s Day, she thinks of when Clay, her now husband, brought her roses in eighth grade.      “He made sure to tell me there were only 11 and they were on sale.”      The following year, when all their...

Amanda Scott — Abortion, healing and hope

By KATIE EUBANKS     Editor’s note: This article contains a partial description of a late-term abortion.      In 2012, Amanda Scott was at a follow-up appointment with her chiropractor/nutritionist, Dr. Debra Barnes, 18 years after having an abortion as a...

Aaron and Lizzy Sibley — Loss, lament, and moving forward

       No matter what you’ve experienced, nothing can prepare you for the loss of a child. “I had never had a lot of bad things happen in my life at all (before we lost our son),” says Lizzy Sibley, a senior auditor at Rabobank who’s married to Aaron, student...

The Baptist Children’s Village celebrates 125 years

By CHRYSTELLE THAMES                   “We now bid you an affectionate goodbye — but this is God’s work. He inspired, built and directed. We were simply His instruments.” – Rev. L. S. Foster upon his 1903 retirement as...

Willie McClain — From Aryan Brotherhood to brother in Christ

By KATIE EUBANKS          Willie McClain doesn’t do fake.      He didn’t do fake in his previous life as part of the Aryan Brotherhood in prison. And he doesn’t do fake now at Partners in the Gospel, the fancy name for he and his wife, Alex, pouring into...

Mart and Holly McMullan Celebrating sobriety, faith and love

By KATIE EUBANKS          Mart McMullan starts each morning the same way: “The very first thing I do is go to my office and ask God to keep me sober,” he says, sitting with his wife, Holly, at their dining room table in Madison.     For more than 10 years...

Olivia and Chris Kneip: Running the race

By ANNA CLAIRE O’CAIN      People in the Flowood area might know Olivia and Dr. Chris Kneip through their competing in triathlons, or from their work as a teacher and orthopedic surgeon respectively. But many do not know how God used difficult times in the Kneip’s...

Deryll & Sherry Stegall: Finding happiness in Christ

By KATIE EUBANKS        It’s become a tradition at MCL cover shoots to capture photographer Deryll Stegall giving his favorite directive: “Happyyyyyy!”           We all need a little encouragement to look happy for pictures sometimes. And with his affable,...

Canopy expanding solutions with new school

By ANNA CLAIRE O'CAIN          Canopy Children’s Solutions, based in Jackson, is a nonprofit organization providing a host of interventions for children in all 82 Mississippi counties.  CEO Dr. John Damon shares about Canopy and the services they provide —...

Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth — How 1 family’s lives were changed through adoption

By JAMIE HIMES        Did you know that in the United States, more than 20,000 youth exit the foster care system every year without a family?      They have no one to call, no support, and no soft place to fall when life gets crazy.      When thinking about...

HEALTH & WELLNESS — Get clarity, and get healthy!

By CHRIS FIELDS          Clarity is a basis of truth derived through understanding and evaluation. Here is an example in health terms: To maintain a balanced or healthy energy deficit and a healthy weight, we must eat in proportion to our activity levels.        This is an...

AS I SEE IT — A boomer relearns love

By DAN HALL      Songs from my generation don’t always have the best advice on or view of love. A few samples:   “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” – The Lettermen, quoting the movie “Love Story.”  This didn’t work the one time I tried it as my wife, arms folded, foot tapping, was...