By Todd Coble
For The Paper
“All religions are the same.” As a minister, this is something I hear quite often. And while you might expect a Christian pastor to balk at this statement and immediately begin to argue that Christianity has many key beliefs that distinguish it from other religions and try to convince you of this by touting key Christian beliefs and virtues, you may be surprised to know I agree with this statement. Yet, it is not for the reasons you may suspect.
First, let’s explore the idea that “All religions are the same.” This is put forth today as the basis for religious tolerance. And while all religions should certainly be tolerated, and everyone should be allowed to freely choose which religion, if any, they will follow; does this mean all religions are the same? If so, the claims and beliefs of the various religions must be essentially the same. However, in terms of specific beliefs and teachings, there are stark differences.
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Josh Fenn, currently the executive director of the Development Authority of Bryan County, has been officially named President/CEO-Economic Development Director of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce.
Fenn will be starting in that capacity on July 22, Chamber Chairman Mark Valentine announced Monday.
“We are very excited about bringing Josh on board to take the leadership role of our Chamber and our Economic Development program,” said Valentine. “After a very diligent search and screening process, we are very enthusiastic about securing a candidate with such an impressive and wide-ranging background of experiences. From downtown development, to Chamber management, to economic development, he brings forward a unique set of experiences that we are confident will serve us very well.”
A native of Atlanta and a graduate of Wayne County High School, Fenn holds a B.A. in Political Science from LaGrange College. In 2002, at the age of 24, Fenn was named to Georgia Trend Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 list. He is one of the youngest to receive the honor. In 2011 he was named by The Savannah Morning News as one of its “Rising Stars” in the business community.
Fenn is active in many professional organizations including the Southern Economic Development Council where he serves as co-chairman of their Young Professional Committee for 2013. He has served on the Georgia Downtown Association board of directors and various committees for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Georgia Economic Developers Association and Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
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Units from Arcade, Jefferson and Jackson County Correctional Institute Fire Departments responded to 468 Rock Forge Road in Arcade just after 9 p.m. on June 12 on a reported structure fire.
Upon arrival, firefighters found a single-wide mobile home with fire and smoke showing. The single-family residence was 50 percent involved with fire.
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Ron Johnson, chairman of the Jackson County Republican Party was elected second vice-chairman of the Georgia GOP on May 18 at the State Convention held in Athens.
“I am honored to have been elected to this position,” said Johnson.
Jackson County will now have a say in Party positions on the State Executive Board of the GOP.
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By FARAH BOHANNON, For The Paper
The Mayfield Dairy Farms Visitors’ Center in Braselton has officially been reopened since Nov. 9, 2012, and now that summer has arrived, the center is seeing more visitors as summer day camps and other groups are adding the venue to their itinerary.
On a recent day, youth in green T-shirts of the Jefferson Parks & Rec day camp filled the benches and tables outside the center as they enjoyed scoops of Mayfield ice cream.
With its reopening, there have been some changes and Mayfield Dairy representatives were at the Braselton CID LifePath celebration handing out miniature ice cream sandwiches and tour brochures as they spread the word about renewed tours.
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