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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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]