Pastors’ Corner

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]