There was only one Aretha, but, in her case, the first-name recognition evoked so much more than pop celebrity. Aretha was not a manufactured image like many of today's performers, but a sound, a supernaturally wondrous sound from this natural woman who made us all feel so alive.
The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99.
James Harvey began preaching more than 40 years ago. Two of his brothers were also preachers. His sons, Pierre Harvey and Curtis Harvey, started preaching when they were in their 20s. And their younger brother, Rodney Harvey, will preach his initial sermon on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 2:30 p.m. at his father’s church, St. Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church in Geneva.