“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the flesh, rather serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself. If you bite and devour each other, watch out or yo…

Today, I feel inadequate to offer the guidance, encouragement, strength, or reason that will help us navigate the chaos we are living through every day. I have been watching and listening for someone to speak with Godly discernment amid the chaos. I mourn for the time an ambassador for God, …

Here’s my confession for today: I’ve been praying for as long as I can remember, but sometimes I still don’t know how to do it. Pandemic, sickness, risk, fear, prejudice, injustice, unrest. When our minds and hearts are overwhelmed, how do we gather words into prayers?

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

In Luke 11:1, Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray. They saw His prayer life and they wanted to know how to pray with intimacy like He did. Jesus answered their request by giving them a model prayer. That model prayer is not something to recite as much as it is an outline for our…

As you read this column, I suspect you share my feeling of having settled into the new year. Work has resumed a more typical rhythm (as compared to the holidays), the kids are back in school, and we are no longer greeting one another with “Happy New Year!” — that seems belated at this point.…

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

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