Posts by Jack Miller

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Christian Speech

by Jack Miller

The world is very dry. Everywhere the dead timber of crushed spirits and faded dreams piles up. Hurt feelings and insecurities skitter on the wind like dead leaves gathering in dark corners. White-hot hatred and hazy fear evaporate whatever moisture might remain. The world is a tinderbox, and words have set it to blaze. The […]

Kirk Night Crew Needs YOU!

by Jack Miller

Our Kirk Night ministry starts Wednesday, September 14. We are looking forward to another great year of Christian fellowship, small groups, music, and great food! In order to have any of these things, though, we need dependable volunteers from the church. We need at least 20 volunteers for each Kirk Night dinner, and we hope […]

STEPS in the Right Direction

by Jack Miller

Many of us are enjoying the slower pace that seems to mark the summer months. With schools out of session, Water Fest in full swing, and the lure of a much needed vacation, we can easily tune out the busy tempo of our regular routine. These leisurely days are necessary for all of us. From […]

The Bad Samaritan

by Jack Miller

A woman was going down from Asheville to Greenville, and was involved in an automobile accident that rendered her car inoperable and left her stranded. Now a tow truck driver from Travelers Rest was coming to tow her back to Greenville; when he discovered the woman supported Bernie Sanders, he turned around and went home, […]

More Than Yes

by Jack Miller

Later this evening, six of our young people will share their statements of faith with the Session of the church and declare their desire to join as members this Sunday. Since January, Cohen, Sydney, Rachelle, Lisette, Eliza, and Ben have attended weekly classes, worked on projects, worshiped, and served as they learned more about what […]

An Invitation

by Jack Miller

We will welcome the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Rigby to our church this weekend. She will be leading a workshop for our officers on Saturday morning and leading us in worship on Sunday morning. Dr. Rigby, a professor of theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, has been identified as one of the top twelve theologians in […]

A Holy Week

by Jack Miller

When I was younger, the thing that most defined Easter was coloring eggs the day before. On the Saturday before Easter, my mother boiled dozens of eggs. I dropped tablets of concentrated color into pungent white vinegar and listened to the bubbling and fizzing. The practice of dying eggs for Easter was both art and […]

Motive Matters

by Jack Miller

Jesus begins his sermon on the mount with a series of beatitudes. He tells his disciples that, among other things, they are blessed when they are poor in spirit, when they are meek, and when they are merciful. “You are blessed,” says Jesus, “when you hunger and thirst for righteousness and justice, for you will […]

Lemon Blueberry Poundcake Recipe

by Jack Miller

Almost every Wednesday during the Fall, Winter, and Spring, our church hosts an evening program called “Kirk Night.” It is our tradition to share a meal together, spend time in worship as a family of faith, and then learn together through choir rehearsals and small groups studies. Our amazing Kirk Night kitchen crew has been […]

Communion in the Digital Age

by Jack Miller

According to a recent Pew Research Study, 92% of teenagers reported going online at least daily, and 88% of teenagers have or have access to a smart phone or cell phone. Teenagers are spending most of their online time being social. American teens are connecting with one another, and in a variety of ways. Fully […]