Religion

What is Maundy Thursday?

What is Maundy Thursday?

When I was still a rookie in ministry, every year as Easter approached, I found myself intrigued by a local United Methodist Church’s newspaper ad for their Maundy Thursday service. “What is Maundy Thursday?” I would mutter to myself. The name sounded odd to me and, for no reason at all, strangely sad. Read the […]

Navarre Presbyterian: Tentmakers

Navarre Presbyterian: Tentmakers

Those who have read about his life and ministry know that the Apostle Paul, not wanting to be a burden on the congregations he was establishing, took a job making tents in order to provide for his own needs. The term “tentmaker” has since come to describe any minister who does not make their living […]

Live Oak Church: Teamwork

Live Oak Church: Teamwork

Every newly-hired pastor knows that not everyone in the congregation will be pleased with him because everyone has their own opinion of what a pastor should be. Some will expect him to be a gifted preacher, others want a compassionate shepherd, and still others expect him to be a competent administrator or a visionary leader. […]

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

Home. The word evokes memories, good memories for some as the place where family gathered and shared life, where children were nurtured and grew, where the benchmarks of life were celebrated. For some, home evokes different memories, difficult memories of conflict and loss, the catalysts for leaving home. Read the full article in the March […]

Defying the odds leads to new opportunity

Defying the odds leads to new opportunity

Dexter Hunter is sitting out front at Navarre Gardens on a beautiful January afternoon – his wife Bonnie is the administrator at the assisted living facility – and someone walks by and asks what he’s up to. He jokes that he’s doing what he is told and then changes his direction and makes a joke […]

Local duo lays groundwork for Togo mission

Local duo lays groundwork for Togo mission

It took 24 hours and four layovers for Navarre First Assembly of God missionaries Rachel Coggins and Becky Fleury to make their way to the impoverished regions of the African nation of Togo. The women were on a mission Jan. 16-25 to lay the foundations for future missions. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

“Loud Krazy Love”

“Loud Krazy Love”

For the Christian looking for an inspiring “come to Jesus” movie, “Loud Krazy Love” will fall short of expectations. While KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch’s coming to faith in Christ is credited as the source of his changed life, the focus of the movie is decidedly on the catalyst for that change: the birth of […]

Fisherman now a fisher of men

Fisherman now a fisher of men

When Jesus called Peter, James and John to be his apostles, he told these professional fishermen to leave their nets and he would make them fishers of men. Having caught every kind of fish in the Gulf, says Florida-born pastor, Jon Skipper, he is now about winning souls. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

The unlikely and reluctant leader

The unlikely and reluctant leader

If you had an organization you wanted to be successful, it is unlikely that you would look among the carefree surfers riding the waves off our local beaches for the person to lead it. And if this organization were a new church, it is very unlikely that you would look for that leader on dimly […]

Athletic injuries present mental as well as physical challenges

Athletic injuries present mental as well as physical challenges

Sage Chambers was in one of his first practices as a college quarterback at Huntingdon. As he prepared to throw, something went wrong. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 days free. […]

Faith and fitness work together in Run for God

Faith and fitness work together in Run for God

Physical fitness and God go hand in hand. The Run for God program at First Baptist Church of Navarre is embracing that concept as it takes members of the church and public through a 12-week “couch to 5K” training program with a twist. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

At age 16 Christopher Dykes walked away from the church without looking back. As he launched out into independence, he also launched into experimentation with illegal substances. Dykes said that for nearly 17 years he tried to fill the void of loneliness with everything from alcohol to marijuana to cocaine. Read the full article in […]

Navarre Bible Fellowship reaching out to all

Navarre Bible Fellowship reaching out to all

Anicia Dombret was born and raised in a little town in Colombia. Years ago, missionaries from Wichita, Kansas, came to her hometown and spoke with her grandparents. They were members of the First Evangelical Free Church. Read the full article in the June 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Shine bright, change the world

Shine bright, change the world

Shine bright. Navarre High School’s graduates said this phrase repeatedly the evening of May 24 during the annual Baccalaureate Service at the Navarre Days Inn and Suites Conference Center. This was the lesson Pastor Ray Millsap wanted the graduates to take into the world. Read the full article in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Church of Nazarene to launch in Navarre

Church of Nazarene to launch in Navarre

Creating a new church is like planting a seed. It requires work, tending and time, said Pastor Gary Monk. Monk hopes to do exactly that as he and his wife, Rita, work to plant the Navarre Church of the Nazarene. Read the full article in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

First Baptist brings VBS to Haiti

First Baptist brings VBS to Haiti

On March 18, a group from First Baptist Church of Navarre will leave the comforts of air conditioning and plumbing, load onto a plane and make their way to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. The missionaries will be in the island nation of Haiti for six days. Read the full article in the […]

US may never see another spiritual leader like Billy Graham

US may never see another spiritual leader like Billy Graham

  Montreat, North Carolina – In the wake of the Rev. Billy Graham’s death, religion scholars say this much is clear: There will never be another American spiritual leader with his reach and influence. The evangelical movement that Graham helped solidify and embodied for much of the second half of the 20th century has splintered. […]

Faith in God unites Eagles

Faith in God unites Eagles

Religion can be a divisive topic in a locker room. For the Philadelphia Eagles, who will battle the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl Sunday in Minneapolis, faith in God has unified the team. Nick Foles, Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, Trey Burton and Chris Maragos started a Bible study. There is a couple’s Bible […]

Navarre First Assembly brings Nativity to life

Navarre First Assembly brings Nativity to life

From three wise men bringing gifts from far-off lands to angels appearing before startled shepherds to a newborn Jesus being laid in a manger, members of Navarre First Assembly of God acted out the story of the birth of Jesus during their annual Live Nativity last weekend. This drive-thru retelling featured scripture from the Bible […]

Research finds young adults falling away from the church

Research finds young adults falling away from the church

Roughly three of every four teens currently in a church youth group will not be sitting in a pew after they graduate high school. Multiple studies by groups such as research firm Barna Group (ongoing), Pew Research (2016) and the Protestant Church (2011) have all come to roughly similar conclusions: young adults, specifically millennials, are […]

Encompass launches with technology twist

Encompass launches with technology twist

Worship songs filled the cafeteria of West Navarre Primary School Sunday as Encompass Church found their new home for weekly services. Pastor Lance Whorton told the gathered congregation that they should be excited to be part of the church’s first big step: launching weekly Sunday worship. “We are excited to be here and start getting […]

The light shining through tragedy

The light shining through tragedy

We are in a time when our country seems so divided; racial outcries, black, white, Muslim, Christian, Atheists, whose life matters, sexism and so much more. The voices of today’s generation are all muddled by what they believe, all speaking at the same time and over everyone else’s voice. We cannot hear each other speak, […]

Synagogue rings in the new year

Synagogue rings in the new year

With the sounding of shofars (ram horns), singing of songs and spiraling purple flag dances, the worshippers at Ahm Yisrael Messianic Synagogue welcomed the Jewish new year last week as part of Yom Teruah. Yom Teruah, or Rosh Hashanah as it is also called, is believed to be the date that the universe was created […]

New pastor brings love to Navarre United Methodist

New pastor brings love to Navarre United Methodist

Talk to Alan McBride, the new senior pastor for Navarre United Methodist Church (NUMC), for any length of time and a couple things become apparent. The first is his more than 10 years of college education including bachelor’s degrees in both history and English and a doctor of ministry. This is evidenced by his extensive […]

Local pastor, family visit biblical sites

Local pastor, family visit biblical sites

Pastor for Encompass Navarre Lance Whorton and his family made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land last week as part of a mission trip to grow their faith. Along with a dozen other Americans from throughout the region, the Whorton family traveled to the place where it really happened. They spent three days in and […]

First Baptist unveils expansion plans

First Baptist unveils expansion plans

First Baptist Church of Navarre is bursting at the seams, and in response the church staff has proposed construction of a 16,800-square-foot Family Life Center. Church Business Manager and Treasurer Sarah Heller said this multifunctional facility will fill a desperate need of the church: space for the children. The proposed price tag is $1.1 million […]

Watoto brings worship and song to Navarre from Africa

Watoto brings worship and song to Navarre from Africa

Navarre First Assembly of God danced the night away with some children from Uganda Saturday night as a traveling choir, Watoto, made a stop along their six-month U.S. tour. Watoto means “children” in Swahili. Watoto is an international ministry organization focused on the care of orphans and at-risk women in East Africa, specifically Uganda. Read […]

Fasting strengthens relationship with God

Fasting strengthens relationship with God

Fasting, or the practice of giving up food items for religious purposes while praying regularly, is referenced throughout the Bible as a way to get closer to God. The practice has evolved over the years into several different varieties, and is not always limited to food, but the goal is always the same. Read the […]

Shaver says preaching takes all kinds

Shaver says preaching takes all kinds

Earning a Master of Divinity and become an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church can take 10 years of study, work, paper writing and scrutiny. St. Paul United Methodist Church Pastor Christina Shaver says it was worth every minute to fulfill a calling from God. Shaver is the only female Methodist pastor in this […]