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I asked my husband if he thought I could get by with writing yet another column about our recent tornado experience. He looked over at me with weary eyes and deadpanned, “Yeah, I’d say this tornado was definitely worth at least three columns.”

One of my favorite views from atop a mountain is Caesar’s Head State Park. From that lofty perch, one can see for miles around — down the mountainside, across the foothills and nearby valleys, rivers, and into distant towns. On a lucky day, one can look down and see birds seemingly floating …

Billy Graham once said: “When we grieve over someone who has died in Christ, we are sorrowing not for them but for ourselves. Our grief isn’t a sign of a weak faith, but of a great love.” There is a promise for those who die in Christ that to be absent from the earthly body is to be present …

As I write this column, the church is in between Pentecost (last Sunday) and Trinity Sunday (this Sunday). Each in its way invites reflection on the Holy Spirit, the real and continuing presence of God in our lives and in our world. Christians believe that, among other things, the Holy Spiri…

I am writing to you today from just up the road in the North Carolina mountains. Here, where azaleas are still blooming, and the fiddles of ferns are unfurling, and the living water flows happily over ancient rocks, it is not hard to see the glory of God’s creation, the renewing of the land,…

Apparently, I’m a “fixer,” or so say some of the people who know me best. If you want drugs or the name of a hitman, I’m not your girl, but generally speaking, I absolutely love to play a part in finding solutions to problems, big or small, that are causing hardship, disappointment or frustr…

I vividly recall the irritation I felt as a young pastor on a business trip to North Charleston back in the late ‘70s. My wife and I had stayed overnight in a reputable hotel only to discover the next morning that our car had been vandalized. Stolen were a CB radio, an FM converter, and a 2-…

Have you ever heard of the giant redwood trees located in California? These are some of the biggest trees in the world. The General Sherman is, in fact, noted as the largest known living single stem tree on Earth! It is 275 feet tall, 25 feet in diameter, and is about 2,500 years old. Surly …

That’s what border guards in Denmark have been trying to figure out since the Danish government began requiring them to decide if couples are enough in love to be allowed to cross the border to see each other during the COVID pandemic.

This column will be published on the day commonly referred to as Good Friday. For believers in Jesus Christ, no day is more important — Jesus’ death on the cross is central to the Christian experience, individually and collectively. Yet no day is more paradoxical. The Gospels tell us the dis…

This past Wednesday, many around the world donned green and celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day as safely as they could during this COVID-19 season. Certainly, Irish Americans spent the day thinking fondly of the land of their ancestry. Immigrants from Ireland have come to the United States since…

I recently saw a picture that captured so well at least one slice of the crazy pie being served up to us these days. The graphic showed Mr. Potato Head looking side-eyed at a Mr. Coffee coffeemaker and saying, “You’re next.”

I remember the first devotion I was ever invited to offer. It was the summer after my freshman year of college. I was employed as a summer camp counselor at a Christian camp. Part of my job was to share a good word each day with my campers. It was my first formal experience pairing the thing…

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story — those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.

How many of us were born and reared here in Greenwood County? To those who were, I pose a question. Has it been difficult living in the community in which you grew up? Has it been tough “living down” some of the events attributed to you while topping “fools hill?” It is my understanding that…

Before a gazillion channels were available on TV and streaming services such as Netflix had yet to be hatched in the golden nest of Silicon Valley, my husband and I used to watch a lot of old classic movies about World War II. The ones about the war in the Pacific always included scenes with…

We are less than one week removed from Valentine’s Day where family and friends exchange cards and gifts that are meant to express their love for each other. Christians refer to Scripture passages such as 1 Corinthians 13, John 15:13 and 1 John 4:18 to highlight the subject of love throughou…