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Sea Island’s Got Talent

by Jack Miller

Jesus told a parable about a man going on a journey. Before his departure, he entrusted huge sums of wealth to his slaves. There seems to be an unspoken expectation that the slaves will develop this wealth, ensuring it grows and produces a return. The term that Jesus uses to describe this wealth and property […]

Exodus

by Jack Miller

The Book of Genesis ends by recounting how Joseph and his brothers, the twelve sons of Israel, settled in the land of Egypt. Driven from their homeland because of famine, Joseph’s brothers found food, safety, and refuge in the foreign country. According to the opening verses of Exodus, the Israelites were “fruitful and prolific,” and […]

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 […]

Learning to Swim

by Jack Miller

Like many other Presbyterians, I did not grow up in the Presbyterian Church, or even in the Reformed Tradition. I have shared with many people that I did not find the Presbyterian Church – the Presbyterian Church found me. Not that I believe I was lost before I became a Presbyterian – although some might […]

A Good “Good-Bye”

by Heather Prince Doss

As for me, I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, […]

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 […]

Abundantly Far More

by Heather Prince Doss

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work […]

Reflections on a Week of Hope

by Jack Miller

On Sunday, June 21, a crew of youth and adults from Sea Island loaded up their suitcases and sleeping bags and hit the road for Charleston, SC to participate in a mission trip called “Week of Hope.” Just three days earlier, I learned how much hope Charleston needed during the week we would be there, […]

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 […]

Methuselah and the Kingdom of God

by Heather Prince Doss

I have recently been reading the book The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson and discovered the story of the Judean date-palm tree. The date-palm was among the most beloved and valuable fruits in the ancient Middle East. They are mentioned in the Bible and the Koran and praised for their sweetness in multiple historical […]