Posts by Steve Keeler

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Christian Response to the Tragedy in Orlando

by Steve Keeler

Friends and Neighbors in Christ, Over the past several weeks, spiritual leaders within our community have met together to prepare a special worship service to be conducted later this week at the Grace AME Church in Beaufort on the first anniversary of the Mother Emmanuel tragedy in Charleston. The purpose of the worship service is […]

The Spirit of Jesus

by Steve Keeler

Friends in Christ, Several years ago on a church-related trip to Pensacola, FL to conduct a wedding I enjoyed periodic opportunities to read from a book titled, “My Struggle for Freedom,” by Hans Kung, a Roman Catholic priest and theologian. Years earlier Kung’s “On Being a Christian” was required reading in my systematic theology class. […]

Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

by Steve Keeler

Dear Friends in Christ, When elders elect are installed and ordained to office one of the questions they are asked is the following, “Will you be a faithful ruling elder and will you share in government and discipline, serving councils of the church, and in your ministry will you try to show the love and […]

The Influence of Iona

by Steve Keeler

One of the characteristics of Beaufort that has always impressed me is how “cosmopolitan” our community is compared to so many communities similar in size. In addition to Beaufort and the surrounding area, we enjoy a number of parishioners and friends of the church who have lived, worked, and traveled all over the world. World […]

The Joy of Christian Service

by Steve Keeler

Having returned to my study after running errands, I noticed immediately an article that a visitor had placed on my chair. It was an article from the Post & Courier, the daily newspaper out of Charleston, about a good friend, the Rev. Dr. Danny Massie, who recently retired as Senior Pastor of the First (Scots) […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Time to Speak

by Steve Keeler

Sisters and Brothers in Christ, To loyal people of the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. (1 Timothy 1:2) The tragic loss of nine lives at the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston appears to have motivated many people to do the exact opposite of what Dylann Roof […]

Summer Storms

by Steve Keeler

Friends in Christ, Preparing for the new season of summer and looking forward to a different rhythm in the life of the church via the congregational picnic at Hunting Island State Park, Vacation Bible School, Music Camp, and the Music & Worship Conference at Montreat, the month of June will disappear before we know it! […]

All Are Welcome

by Steve Keeler

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, May the love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you. Churches of the Charleston Atlantic Presbytery convened on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Bethel Presbyterian Church, Walterboro, SC, for a called meeting in order to vote on proposed amendments […]