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Don Follis: Pastors — well, most of us — need same challenges

"Choose your friends wisely," I said to a pastor this week, encouraging him to let more people into his circle. "But choose them." I told him, "If you attempt to lead alone you'll isolate yourself. You might get hurt by being transparent but at least you'll be real."

During my first year of being a pastor an older pastor told me that pastors can have few friends.

Religion calendar July 12, 2013

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Never give up: The constant message at Restoration Urban Ministries

By Candice Norwood

Religion calendar July 5, 2013

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Newman church event to raise money to fix wall

NEWMAN — The long-standing congregation of the Newman First Christian Church is working hard to keep the walls of its historic church from falling down.

Don Follis: Church folks can spin lies with the best of 'em

Over the years, I've been told lots of lies by church people. I've told them myself. We church folks can really spin them. Here are a few of my favorites:

Religion calendar June 28, 2013

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Demolition begins on former school in Westville

WESTVILLE — A crew began demolishing the former St. Mary's Catholic grade school building on Monday.

"It breaks my heart," the Rev. Timothy Sauppe said.

He said preparations for demolition had been going on for weeks as crews were slowly removing metal, wood and other salvageable materials from the interior.

Religion calendar, June 21, 2013

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Don Follis: Finding extended times of prayer

For the past 32 years Pastor John Piippo from Redeemer Fellowship Church in Monroe, Mich., (near Detroit) has prayed on Tuesday — for five or six hours.

In Piippo's view, the main job of the pastor is to abide in Christ. To stay connected to the vine, taking the image Jesus used in John chapter 15, Piippo contends pastors need to develop an extended prayer life.