Posts by Jack Miller

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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 […]

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 […]