Posts from 2015

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Images of Christmas

by Jack Miller

I have a postcard in my office of a painting of the nativity scene by a Christian artist who lives in Bethlehem. It is different than any other nativity scene I know. In the distant background is the little town of Bethlehem with the Christmas star shining bright in the sky above. The holy family […]

Prepare the Way of the Lord: An Advent Story

by Jack Miller

Last week there were reports of a something strange happening in a marshy area off St. Helena Island. Residents of a nearby community were noticing small groups of people cutting through the woods and making their way towards the water. Concerned that there might be some illegal, and potentially dangerous, activity, these neighbors began calling […]

CREDO

by Jack Miller

This past week, I attended the Presbyterian CREDO conference for recently ordained pastors. Over the course of the very full week, I was able to connect with 25 other recently ordained clergy through a series of lectures and activities led by a gifted an experienced team of faculty. The learning was rich, the activities were […]

Sea Island’s Got Talent

by Jack Miller

Jesus told a parable about a man going on a journey. Before his departure, he entrusted huge sums of wealth to his slaves. There seems to be an unspoken expectation that the slaves will develop this wealth, ensuring it grows and produces a return. The term that Jesus uses to describe this wealth and property […]

BJ Dykeman and Mission Year

by Jack Miller

My name is BJ Dykeman and this is my first year at Mission Year. So far over the course of the past few weeks I have been getting to know my teammates, my neighborhood, and my service site in Houston, Texas. My service site this year will be at a homeless shelter called Star of […]

Exodus

by Jack Miller

The Book of Genesis ends by recounting how Joseph and his brothers, the twelve sons of Israel, settled in the land of Egypt. Driven from their homeland because of famine, Joseph’s brothers found food, safety, and refuge in the foreign country. According to the opening verses of Exodus, the Israelites were “fruitful and prolific,” and […]

Service of Wholeness

by Steve Keeler

Friends in Christ, The Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (USA) reminds us that healing was an integral part of the ministry of Jesus which the church has been called to continue as one dimension of its concern for the wholeness of people. Through services of wholeness, the church enacts in worship its ministry […]

Learning to Swim

by Jack Miller

Like many other Presbyterians, I did not grow up in the Presbyterian Church, or even in the Reformed Tradition. I have shared with many people that I did not find the Presbyterian Church – the Presbyterian Church found me. Not that I believe I was lost before I became a Presbyterian – although some might […]

A Good “Good-Bye”

by Heather Prince Doss

As for me, I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, […]

Growing Up in Christ

by Steve Keeler

Friends and Neighbors, Last Sunday’s New Testament reading from Ephesians 4 emphasized the theme of “growing up into the likeness of Jesus Christ.” I have continued to think about this theme as we quickly approach a new season of learning opportunities provided by the church for faith development and spiritual formation. “Growing up into the […]