Church Hurts: Chapter 7 – “Prophetess”

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Chapter 7 – The Prophetess Judd and Pastor Sal walked out of the door of the banquet room where the church growth seminar had been held. In the hallway, they greeted and shook hands with many of their pastor buddies from the various churches and denominations that had been invited.…

Church Hurts: Chapter 6 – “Birthday Girl”

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Chapter 6 – Birthday Girl Terita pressed 7 on her cellphone to buzz in her guests at the gate. She had invited about 30 people to her birthday get-together and about fifteen were here so far. And of course, some of those guests took the liberty to invite a few…

Church Hurts: Chapter 5 – “In the Studio”

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Chapter 5 – In the Studio Nick’s expensive loafers pat down the dark corridor filled with the vibrations caused by musicians in the studio. He’s excited about laying down a track with his good friend Pete (better known by his stage name “Neophyte”). He always enjoyed Pete. They had such…

Church Hurts: Chapter 4 – “Choir Director”

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Chapter 4 – Choir Director The door clicks behind them. The choir director quickly locks the door. “Hey, Mr. Judd. You had me down there playing that piano for forever!” “Sorry. I had to handle something. You know that Terita girl came by here again asking for more money,” Judd…

Church Hurts: Chapter 2 – “Gospel Concert”

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Chapter 2 – Gospel Concert The rain stops just as Sarah is leaving the drugstore parking lot to head home. Sarah pulls into the narrow driveway of her duplex. She sees her roommate’s black Camaro parked askew which forces her to squeeze her way in with the left side of…

Church Hurts: Chapter 1 – “When Sunday Comes”

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Chapter 1 – When Sunday Comes 11:15 am. Sunday Church was the last place she wanted to be. After the weekend she had, she just wanted to roll over in her warm bed and sleep the day away. But custom won over comfort. Sloppy rain patters on the windshield of…