RELIGION ROUNDTABLE

His name is Jesus

First and foremost, I am in love with Jesus.

There have been a lot of great men in the Bible who inspire me. Men like Abraham, the Father of Faith, and Moses, the meekest man that walked the earth.

I dare not forget David, a man after God’s own heart, and Apostle Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament and suffered greatly for the Gospel.

Even in my lifetime, there have been great men of God who touched my life. Men like Evangelist Billy Graham, Evangelist R.W. Schambach and my spiritual father and mentor, Apostle Verbert C. Anderson.

When I look back over my life and see what Jesus has done for me, I am inspired to tell everyone what a wonderful Savior He is. When I read the gospels, I see Jesus healing the sick, raising the dead, giving sight to the blind and let’s not forget He died for me. That’s enough to say, “Wow! What a Mighty God we serve!”

When I think about how He saved me and turned my life around, I am inspired. He delivered me from several deadly accidents. He brought me through situations and circumstances that stood against me. He blessed me with a wonderful wife, three beautiful daughters, two wonderful son-in-laws, and four beautiful grandchildren with one on the way. Yes, I am truly inspired by this awesome God that I serve, and His name is Jesus.

— Winfred Logan, Heart to Heart Ministries

Maudine Holloway and those who serve

Mythologies emerge around famous religious leaders we sometimes call saints, where we accentuate and repeat a few stories, actions and statements while minimizing their weaknesses.

Mother Teresa inspires me, but I only know the public mythology around her. So in answering the question about who inspires me, I prefer to think of people who I have experienced who exhibit a passion for life and faith using their gifts.

I think of Maudine Holloway, the director of Community Enabler Developer, a helping agency in Anniston, who for over 50 years has worked to better the lives of the poor. Every day, she works with what has been donated to better the lives around her, often giving away her own salary.

Maudine inspires me not because she is perfect, but because she has merged her faith, passion and vocation and simply shown up every day and opened the door to the hurting public, even if the only thing she has to offer is a listening ear, hug and prayer. It takes a special person to put yourself in a position of listening to the sorrows of fellow humans, and keep a sense of humor, and do it for 50 years.

There are many people in our community who inspire me: teachers, cooks, managers, students, social workers, grass cutters, secretaries, volunteers, nurses … the list could go on. They combine their faith, gifts and passion, and go out of their way to touch the world with great love.

— Dale Clem, First United Methodist Church, Anniston

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