Bishop Richard Allen: Apostle of Freedom

The month of February is designated as national Black History Month. As a result, many in this community and across the nation will recognize the contributions that African Americans have made to this ...

'Draw fresh water'

Jesus illustrated his statement by sharing the following word picture: "No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins w ...

On the power of intellectual revolutions

An insight, once lodged in the imagination, is a lit stick of dynamite with power to rearrange the landscape.Like most 10-year-olds, I had no idea what adults did at work. Work meant Dr. Jim picked up ...

Is humility a blessing?

At our church we have started 2016 by studying Beatitudes, the blessings pronounced by Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Strikingly, Jesus begins by pronouncing a blessi ...

Faith in the midst of the storms

"Teacher, do you not care if we perish?" -- Mark 4:38b     It seems important to note the often apparent fact that faith in Jesus Christ does not always mean we are provided with the an ...

A prophecy of comfort

Time and again, we read and hear that Jesus fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies. To help us better understand the way this occurred, we must keep in mind there were two basic ways the ancients und ...

'It's got my naaame on it'

She was a first-year teacher in the fall of 1980. Hers was a first-grade class of mostly poor children whose elementary school was near the old mill village in Winnsboro, South Carolina. Not all took ...

A tank top Christmas

This column is set to appear on a cold Saturday morning in December, one of just a few cold mornings we've had this month. But don't drag out your parka; the cold snap is set to be short. Our Christma ...

Step away from the machine

For some reason, the older we get, the harder it is for us to get through the entire night without waking. Many people struggle to fall asleep. Others have busy minds that tend to activate in the midd ...

'Fear not!'

The season of Advent is a very important time for Christians and churches that observe and follow the special days and seasons of the Christian year. In observing the Christian Year, the church celebr ...

Gratitude

On this Thanksgiving weekend, I was thinking about places where the Bible speaks of gratitude, and I thought about Colossians. One of the shortest books in the New Testament, Colossians mentions grati ...

Will you stop and pray?

Much of the New Testament bears witness to the growth of the Christian church in those days and years following Jesus' ascension into heaven. Like any up-and-coming business, the early church faced tr ...

'Is Christ's return soon?'

One evening, a husband observed his wife cutting a roast in half prior to placing the pan in the oven. He inquired as to the reason she did so. She replied she had learned to do so from her mom. Upon ...

What's wrong with our world?

He's a gentle man, a good soul, a World War II veteran and deeply committed churchman who shows up Wednesday nights to help in the kitchen. When I saw him just before the meal, he looked disturbed and ...

Mother Teresa and the good Samaritan

In consecutive chapters of John's Gospel, Jesus has conversations with two very different people. In Chapter 3, he talks to Nicodemus, who is everything that means status in the world of first century ...

A lesson in life, abundant life

As the room began to fill up with medical staff with serious faces, focused on their task, 15-year-old Will looked up at me with growing concern. Searching for words to help him, I reminded him that t ...

An unsung hero of Greenwood County

"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." -- Matthew 4:4, KJV"The experience of Jesus in the wilderness is common to all mankind. Simply put, Jesu ...

After the flood

A week ago today, the great rain began, after several days of lesser rain that had already soaked the ground. A hurricane that never came ashore and a low-pressure system that wouldn't move  set ...

Nothing is stronger than love

An evangelist encouraged a congregation to attend the next night's service promising they would see something they had never seen before and would never see again. Those in attendance saw him take a p ...

Good manners, theology go hand-in-hand

On Oct. 9, 2006 Tiger Woods was at a Nike outing for executives. Thirty people gathered at the Trump Course in L.A. for a ''Tee It up with Tiger" event of golf and lunch. During the meal, there was Q- ...

Persevere in prayer

Achurch member recently asked me if I ever found it difficult to pray. Of course, I replied, many things in our world make prayer a challenge. There are little children in my house who want balls pitc ...

We all need building up

Upon my arrival in Greenwood, I received an invitation to teach a lesson for a women's Bible study in the Grand Harbor community. We had a wonderful time together as they shared the story of how the g ...

Keep on doing good

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who be ...

A modern parable about a timeless image

Jesus used many images to teach about God, but there was one image he used more often than any other: the image of God as a parent. Over and over Jesus taught, through stories as well as explicit decl ...