The Christmas season and all that comes along with this wonderful time of year is in full swing. Homes, businesses, towns and churches are decorated. The radio and church bells are playing Christmas music. There is an excitement in the air. Children are laughing and adults are smiling. Our c…

A woman wrote Reader’s Digest and said, “I knew my sister was having several members of her husband’s family for Thanksgiving dinner, so I stopped by her house on Thanksgiving morning to see how things were going. The house was in shambles. Her four young children were squabbling the way sib…

“And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha,’ that is, ‘Be opened.’” – Mark 7:34

Never do my creative juices flow more freely than when I’m describing a physical ailment I’m experiencing. My gift for hyperbole peaks when I’m trying to impress upon my listener, usually my poor husband, the intensity of some woe I’m enduring.

The world, the nation and even the community in which we live seem to be in constant conflict. Many of the world’s leaders are in disagreement and cannot live in peace. Political parties in America are in conflict and our nation continues to grow more separated as a result. Our communities c…

Our lawn looks like a battlefield upon which someone lobbed a hundred itty-bitty hand grenades. And amongst all those holes and divots are yards and yards of itty-bitty tunnels, spider-webbing through our Bermuda grass like varicose veins.

In my opinion, the most quoted and misquoted verses in the Bible are Matthew 7:1,2 where Jesus instructed, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged.” (New American Standard Bible) In Western culture, many distort Jesus’ words to mean, “Don’t …

If you placed a video camera in the living room of my house — and just to be clear, that’s never going to happen — you might observe me or my husband suddenly flailing our arms, slapping ourselves or leaping from our recliners and violently clapping our hands together.

I am very appreciative of the Index-Journal allowing local clergy to write these columns. My colleagues regularly give us food for thought and opportunities for spiritual formation. In short, they help us think about who God is. Isn’t that the fundamental question: “Who is God?” As many have…

If you have ever had the opportunity to visit New Orleans, or have at least seen picture postcards of the historic port city, then you can no doubt recall images of revelers decked out in beads on Bourbon Street, or the famous beignets and coffee served at Cafe du Monde. Perhaps you will rem…

The late comedian George Carlin’s classic stand-up routine, “A Place for Our Stuff,” seems to be playing on a loop in my brain lately. Carlin’s humor was often too edgy for me, but he did have a knack for shining a humorous spotlight on our common human dysfunctions.

One of the foundational principles of Christianity is a commandment found in each of the synoptic gospels. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31). Generally, the message we hear in this passage is our relationship with our neighbor. While that is the ultimate goal, the state…

“On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, ‘Woman, you are set free from your infirmity…

During my early high school years, I worked in a fast-food restaurant. One day when I walked into work my boss handed me a rag and a big bottle of carpet cleaner. I quickly discovered that some of South Carolina’s famous red mud was staining the carpet in the dining room. A construction crew…

Much of the public discourse this week has focused on the mass shootings that continue to plague our nation and break our hearts. While some politicians and pundits point fingers, the rest of us are just reeling and wondering how we can live normal lives in a world that feels so unsafe.

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