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Ash Wednesday

by Jack Miller

Next Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, begins the season of Lent. As we prepare to enter that season together, we share with you a reflection about Lent and Ash Wednesday from the Companion to the Book of Common Worship.

Celebrating our Differences

by Jack Miller

Sometimes we can look around at the people sitting at the table with us, or joining us in the pews, and we can begin to think that in many significant ways, we are a lot alike. I believe that as God’s adopted children we share a very powerful bond. There is certainly more that connects […]

The Greatest

by Jack Miller

Have you ever wondered what it must be like to have the distinction of being the greatest at something? Muhammed Ali claimed to be the greatest, period. Roger Federer and Serena Williams have been declared the greatest tennis players of all time. Many people consider William Shakespeare to be the greatest writer, Mozart to be […]

Generosity of Spirit

by Jack Miller

According to the constitution of the PC(USA), “Giving has always been a mark of Christian commitment and discipleship. The ways in which a believer uses God’s gifts of material goods, personal abilities, and time should reflect a faithful response to God’s self-giving in Jesus Christ and Christ’s call to minister to and share with others […]

Prayer for Christian Unity

by Jack Miller

January 18, 2017 Today marks the beginning of the week of prayer for Christian unity. I believe this is an important week for us to commemorate. I believe that prayer affects God. I also believe that prayer affects the person offering the prayer. As I lift up my fellow Christian in prayer, I remember them, […]

Ease of Access

by Jack Miller

I take paper for granted. Though I am notorious for misplacing notebooks, I know that I am never very far from something on which I can write. In many a pinch, I have used the backs of receipts, old envelopes, and even gum wrappers, yet I am always able to scrounge up something. For me, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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, […]