I asked a lady with wild purple hair and gobs of bright red eye makeup to help me choose new glasses frames. Based on her appearance, I thought she’d steer me toward bedazzled specs from the Elton John Collection, but she didn’t. In fact, she actually gave me some solid guidance.

As I sit and write this message, I — like everyone else in the world — am caught in a terrible dilemma known as COVID-19. For the most part, this virus has me and others trapped in a world of quarantine and “stay at home” policies that affect every aspect of our daily lives. It seems as if t…

Once Moses had fully constructed and dedicated the temporary dwelling place of God (the Tabernacle) as Israel traversed the wilderness to the promised land, the glory and presence of God indwelled said tabernacle. “Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled …

Before I started factoring “how much energy is this going to take?” into the equation, I used to be pretty compulsive about not wanting to miss any good or fun thing life had to offer. I hated feeling like everyone else was “out there” having fun or doing something important, and I wasn’t.

Thanks to the COVID-19 Virus, our lives have been drastically changed and that certainly includes our gathering together as church families. While there are many opinions about this virus and our government leaders’ response, I can assure you that this virus is real. Seeing the impact of the…

As I write this column, we are almost three weeks into the Easter season. When I was a child, I didn’t know that there was an Easter season; in the church I attended, Easter was a single day. But in the larger Church, Easter is a seven-week season that lasts from Easter Sunday until Pentecos…

Have you ever been lost? It is actually quite hard to do these days, what with GPS so readily available on our phones and in our cars.

We’ve all experienced some rips and snags in the fabric of our lives these past few weeks, but a potential one has, I confess, filled me with a just a tiny bit of mean-girl satisfaction. Since it’s not a matter of life and death, maybe it’s okay to be just a little happy that, with hair salo…

When tragedy strikes, we often gain a renewed perspective on life. We see the world differently. In Mark 8, Jesus addresses the ability to see. The chapter begins with the story of Jesus feeding 4,000 people with only a few loaves and fish. Everyone had their fill. Some were probably amazed …

The COVID-19 pandemic is here. It is real and it is having an impact on this world, this country, this state and this community. This pandemic has disrupted our lives in every imaginable sector including work, school, play, sports, entertainment and politics. It is changing the way we social…

Just when enough time had passed for us to forget the disturbing images of Black Friday shoppers acting like demon-possessed barbarians, the panicky villagers are storming the gates of stores again with their torches and pitchforks to hoard toilet paper because of the Coronavirus scare.

If you are like me, you have heard and seen more than enough about COVID-19 to last a lifetime; however, little of it has been religious in nature. So, let me share some thoughts from a Christian perspective. Maybe it will help inject a bit of hope and less despair into the conversation.

Why is there sexual confusion in our world today? Genesis 2:7; 21-25 clearly teaches that God created us male and female. God formed Adam from the dust of the ground and breathed life into his body. Later, God took a rib from Adam and created Eve. When God brought Adam and Eve together, Adam…

As I am wont to do in the Lenten season, I have been revisiting the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ death, particularly the seven sayings from the cross. Mark and Matthew report the same saying; Luke reports three different sayings; and John yet three more, making seven in all. Three are prayers, …

One of the wonderful things that happens in our elementary schools on a weekly basis is the offering of a Good News Club. These after-school clubs are sponsored by local churches and provide children with a voluntary opportunity to hear about the love God has shown us in Jesus Christ.

If Mother Nature were a real person, she would most certainly be diagnosed with multiple personality disorder based on her behavior during the month of February in South Carolina. Tornadic thunderstorms, torrential rain, flooding and snow, all in the span of 48 hours? That’s just crazy.

One of the first tasks Jesus did to begin his ministry was to gather disciples. These men would journey with him, witness his miracles and learn from his messages. Their commission, once Jesus ascended into heaven, was to spread the word of Christ. These men were to be the spark that builds …

I am writing this, as one who has a unique and personal experience with the naming of Springfield Elementary School and the overnight explosion of publicity and concern that escalated in the first three to four months of 1994. During that time I was employed with Greenwood County School Dist…

I believe I’ve mentioned before how my brain tends to run about four months behind the actual calendar, which is why it feels like it should be November, not February. But that’s not the only internal clock in my head that appears to be off-kilter. My internal age counter is even more inaccu…

Mark Twain reportedly told the satirical story of a gentleman who locked a cat, bird and dog in a cage. In another cage, he locked a Protestant pastor, a Catholic and an Orthodox priest. Several days later, he checked on both cages. The animals were all were thriving. His visit to the clergy…

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