With heightened rhetoric and intense divisions across our great nation, disagreements often get expressed in hateful terms, especially on social media where every voice, no matter how irrational or uninformed, carries as much volume as the next. But disagreement does not equate with hate. Or at least it shouldn’t.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20, ESV)

TALLADEGA -- The Sycamore Missionary Baptist Church will hold an 11th pastoral anniversary celebration for Pastor Brian Miller and First Lady Elect Sis. Linda Miller on Sunday, June 5, at 2:30 p.m. at Sycamore Missionary Baptist Church on Highway 77 North in Talladega.

Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Matthew Leonard Sr. for the satisfactory completion of required courses and studies deemed appropriate for the distinctive degree and title of “Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Counseling” at Saint Thomas Christian University.