Religion

During the time of Hurricane Dorian along the Southeast Coast, I read on line a sermon, “I will fear no evil” by Pastor H.B. Charles of Shiloh Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. It was then that I was inspired and saw one of my favorite scriptures, the 23rd Psalm, in a new light. This …

“Christianity is certainly not melancholy, it is, on the contrary, glad tidings for the melancholy; to the frivolous, it is certainly not glad tidings, for it wishes, first of all, to make them serious. That is the road we all have to take – over the Bridge of Sighs into eternity.” — Soren K…

In South Carolina, down along a branch of the old Dixie Highway, known as the Augusta Road, serenely shouldering the road is Lickville Presbyterian Church. Passersby traveling at 65 mph toward a focused destination might chance her postcard setting piercing their thought with a subdued and u…

I was once asked “are there activities practiced by your congregation that are not worship? If so, what?”

A friend of mine said he wanted some day lilies and irises for his yard and if I wanted some I ought to also go see Willie, so I did. This short, lovely retired grandmother was out in the field sharing her crop.

Amazing Grace Baptist Church, 266 Prater Road, Kingston, holds Sunday School at 10 a.m. Worship is at 11 a.m. on Sundays and evening services are at 6 p.m. Wednesday night worship is at 7 p.m.

A popular recruiting jingle by the Army was “be all that you can be.” It was an attempt to show a tangible connection between high achievement and service in the Army. Aim high; set lofty goals. Don’t settle for something less, or something that demands little.

Is it creeks end or creek’s end? How is one to know if creeks do end or possess an end? Only the apostrophe can tell the tale. If the cliché is true, an apostrophe turns possession from 90% to 100%.

And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18

One of a golfer’s enduring bad habits and character flaws is to look in a fellow competitor’s bag to take a peek at their club selection. Fatal not just to his psyche, looking has an insidious, corrosive and subtle effect on his confidence. This comparing act expresses to the onlooker he doe…

This fine hushed morning entered my waking like all others — definite, dark and coaxing me toward consciousness. Slowing me into savoring it, the dawn crawled along, which is always the best kind. The day would come soon enough and quiet time is a rare gift. I took a deep breath, enjoyed and…

Amazing Grace Baptist Church, 266 Prater Road, Kingston, holds Sunday School at 10 a.m. Worship is at 11 a.m. on Sundays and evening services are at 6 p.m. Wednesday night worship is at 7 p.m.

Amazing Grace Baptist Church, 266 Prater Road, Kingston, holds Sunday School at 10 a.m. Worship is at 11 a.m. on Sundays and evening services are at 6 p.m. Wednesday night worship is at 7 p.m.

Years ago, one of my seminary professors noted that it seems to have become rude and unpopular to talk about sin. Where we do speak of sin, we talk about it as if it is merely “rule breaking.”

Many of those who seek to be faithful believers in Christianity are challenged by one basic question: if God is all-knowing and all-powerful, why do we need to ask Him for our needs?

Sitting in a restaurant recently, eating a buckwheat crepe filled with brie and topped with strawberries, grapes and walnuts, I looked up and read a customer’s t-shirt. It said, “Progress, not perfection.” Irony seems to discover me these days.

Needed sensory deprivation evaded my rearing. Fresh with me are Mom’s stern looks and unchallenged tone of voice and any threat of death by hickory or forced gagging from Brussels sprouts. Long are the wishes for escape when my bothering had aroused one of her guaranteed responses. I feared …

It never ceases to amaze me of the love Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior displays for us. As He prepared to leave this world by way of the Crucifixion, his final prayer was for us. It is what we call an intercessory prayer, a prayer for others to concentrate on their needs and distress, or s…

The woman had probably been held by the authorities for some time. To them, she was just a means to an end. Now, on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the chief priests and Pharisees are ready to spring their trap.

Thinking, listening, observing, note taking, reading, conversing and emptying oneself of long formed preconceptions are the writer’s comfort. A writer always writes whether staring at a blank page or watching nature from a park bench or unraveling the poet’s pause or surviving those oft cons…

Technology is everywhere these days. It has become such an integral part of our daily experience. For some of us, technology has become a phenomenon that shapes almost every waking minute of our day. Because some of these changes have occurred almost overnight, the way we go about our daily …

Seeing ourselves as we are is a hard thing to do. But what eyes do we trust most but our own? We are our own rule makers in our own little kingdoms.

I want to suggest that the greatest power on earth, often overlooked and not demonstrated enough, is love.

I’m up on the mountain. It’s early morn and the day is waking. Sitting outside on the porch, I sense mountain time settle over me much as the fog settles over the plateau.

They had spent decades in the wilderness, learning to trust God. Now, on the threshold of the Promised Land, decisions had to be made. Who would get what land? How would they order their political lives, the ways in which they would live together in community?

Parcel to the montage of my life experiences are those bright days before sorrow cast its gray on my little niche. Each happy remembrance balances my perception against those disappointments that shattered my optimism into littered realities. Unlike some whose childhoods are tainted too earl…

“Sooner or later you are going to have to choose what is most important to you: your job or your family.”

I was struggling the other day to advance my column toward completion. I found myself rumbling through my mind and the house at the same time, delaying any disciplined attempt to sit down and write. Knowing I was a bit stumped, I reached for a book on the shelf in hopes one of my favorite au…

Sometimes we understand a story not by what is present but what is absent. It’s been said a poem makes absence itself into a perceivable presence. In his book, “Ambition and Survival,” Christian Wiman says, “I respond most deeply to art that has, you might say, a hole in it, some stark vacan…

I did not want to write this column. It is very depressing to contemplate, but this matter is in your face from all media. The statistics read like this: “Twenty-three veterans commit suicide in the U.S. every day.” “One of the leading causes of death among American teenagers and the elderly…

There was a time in my life when I took a boat to work. I traveled 45 minutes down the Intracoastal waterway between Hilton Head Island and Daufuskie, an island inaccessible by car. Adventure made the commute tolerable for a few years. The fourth year proved burdensome.

Often in contemporary dramas, we see a protagonist who is on his or her own, facing an uncertain future. Do we find ourselves in the same predicament?

I have noticed, and I’m sure you have, too, a fashion, an inclination, an easy agreement in conversation when the subject arises about God as nature or seeing God in nature. Often we nod in agreement without thinking much about the implications of such a perception. Of course, nature hints a…

When I was growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Sundays in Rome were all very still and quiet except for church services.

Following his resurrection, Matthew tells us that Jesus sent word for his disciples to meet him on a mountaintop for final instructions. When Jesus arrived on the scene Matthew tells us “they worshiped him; but some doubted” (Matt. 28.17).

Spring rushed in this year and claimed an early arrival. Winter fell away, released its reign and loosened its grip on my pessimism. So demonstrative was its entrance, Blackberry Winter yielded its attempt at dampening my spirit and decided against an appearance. As I anticipated Nature’s la…

Two honest questions: what do you think of yourself? When it comes to possibly living a life for Jesus, how do you feel that you match up?

Tiger! Tiger! Tiger! The crowd cheered in punctuated rhythm celebrating Tiger Woods’s victory at this year’s Masters golf tournament. While the golf world watched with excitement a moment most thought would not happen, Tiger tapped in for a bogey five on the 72nd hole to win his fifteenth ma…

One of the challenges in reading or hearing or studying passages from scripture is trying to figure out where we fit in all of it. Sometimes the stories of our faith are difficult to connect to our lives today, two thousand years later. At times, sacred scripture can seem like words meant on…

Another meeting schedules me. Another phone call interrupts. A text dings on my cell. I jot a note down to attend to later and somehow hope its purpose will rise at a remembered time or just in time. Two more conversations demand focus and attention before I can, with measured intent, inhale…

It took a while. Had circumstances meted a different outcome, The Masters golf tournament and Augusta National may have died as but a dream to its founders, Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts. Fate can be a dance partner capable of two-stepping to a tune chosen by the will of its whim.

I am certainly sensitive and respectful of people of other religions. However, I am of a surety that Jesus is the son of God. In fact, the Holy Bible is clear that there is one God with three personalities: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

Primera Iglesia Bautista, 614 Old Dalton Road, will present the Easter cantata "Alabanza de Resurrección" on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The lyrics and narrative of the Easter story will be presented entirely in Spanish. Members of the congregation including (front row, from left) Magdalena Tucker, …