Saturday, January 16, 2021
By Effie Rolfe There’s nothing new under the sun—this is hard to believe. However, it’s an age old truth that has unbelievably withstood the test of time. Perhaps, you’ve probably said it before—heard it or even written those very words. If your answer is yes, I wouldn’t be surprised. The...
Funeral Services for James C. (Ricky) Smith, formerly of Chicago, are to be held Saturday, July 9 at the Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan. Rocky was born on July 23, 1953 to the union of Lonnie Smith and Marie Lindsey in Crossett, Arkansas. In 1955, at the age...
By Effie Rolfe, Chicago Crusader Jesus—the center of it all. I truly believe that in this life, whether it’s you, me, him, her, we, us or it...bottom line it’s all about Christ being front, center and all in between. God is looking for someone who is available to give Him...
By Effie Rolfe Oh Happy Day! The name Hawkins and gospel music is the perfect marriage for one of the greatest gospel songs ever written, this song was arranged, produced and recorded within the last 47 years ago. However, before the world knew Andrae Crouch, Walter or Tramaine Hawkins—there was...
By Effie Rolfe It’s a heart thing. Man looks on the outward appearance but God looks at the heart in 1 Samuel 16:7 is a favorite scripture that has been quoted time and time again. Luke 15:11-32 is another familiar passage of scripture regarding the prodigal son that shows how...
A religious Bronzeville landmark marked the end of an era June 5 when a special mass was held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church to say goodbye to the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa. The retirement of the last two nuns serving the Bronzeville church, ends its affiliation...
By Effie Rolfe, Chicago Crusader Human Lives Matter (Part II.) Because it does matter. Be careful what you say about God’s children. Whether you like it or not—your opinion doesn’t matter. Lives do. No life is better than anyone else. This past weekend was the largest massacre in modern day...
By Effie Rolfe, Chicago Crusader …Human Life Matters... In today’s culture, this is a truth that must be reiterated more and more each day. We must value the sanctity of life. Everyone that ever lived on this earth was made in the image and likeness of our Father God, the...
By Effie Rolfe Signs of the Time—are all around us. This is also the title of one of my favorite gospel artist, Yolanda Adams’ song from back in the day that was love at first sound because of its powerful lyrics of truth. “Please do take heed—that you be not...
While the Gospel music genre is churning out exciting new artists every year, there are some voices that remain timeless and relevant within an industry that is constantly reinventing itself. One of those artists is Marvin Sapp, who this week heads to Las Vegas for the Billboard Music Awards....