Posts by Steve Keeler

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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 […]

Such is the Kingdom of God

by Steve Keeler

Sisters and Brothers in Christ, For the past year and a half, Kay and I, along with John and Alissa Murrie, have been sharing and investing time on Sunday evenings with children of the church, third through fifth grade. Our time together coincides with our Presbyterian Youth Connection, a youth fellowship consisting of middle and […]

A Pastoral Response to Ferguson

by Steve Keeler

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8) “We live in a broken and sinful world. The Holy Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among […]

The Grace of Stewardship

by Steve Keeler

Sisters and Brothers in Christ, May the love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you. The purpose of this letter is to inform you about a very important change in how the Stewardship Committee plans to implement the next Stewardship Campaign in support of the […]

SIPC: A Family of Faith

by Steve Keeler

Friends and Neighbors in Christ, The Sea Island Presbyterian Church is a family of faith formed by the grace of Jesus Christ, called to joyfully worship and love God, serve Jesus Christ, share the Good News, and shape disciples equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit to participate in God’s mission of compassion, reconciliation, justice, […]