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.”

Most of us now have our Christmas tree out by the road, stripped of all of its tinsel and former glory. Or, it has been packed away in the attic with the rest of the boxes of decorations. With the house now less festive than just days before, we turn our attention to the New Year that has ar…

Are you still full? Of course, I mean spiritually. Many of us have been overstuffing our bellies from all the tasty treats on the countertops and leftovers from the stockings that were once brimming with decadent goodies. By today, we should be plenty full. The Bible tells many stories about…

There is no greater love than God’s love! As we move through Advent season headed to the celebration of the coming of Jesus into the world, let us not forget that this season is about God’s love for us. Perhaps, no one has expressed this better than John the Apostle and devoted follower of Christ.

As of this writing, no formal vote on articles of impeachment has been taken in the House. If you are like me, you have heard and seen all and more than you care to hear or see concerning the matter. Perhaps you are one of those individuals who wrings their hands or throws them in the air wi…

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

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…

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 …

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…

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…

“Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For th…

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