Posts by Category: Views

This is the category for Advocate editorials and other viewpoints.

Editor's Views July 19, 2018 posted by

Thanks for the bad

Editor Jessica Brodie on how bad times (even those facing the UMC as a whole) help us draw closer to God and develop a more Christ-like attitude—humility, faith, and trust in God’s will (“thy will be done”). They teach us things we wouldn’t know otherwise. They help us become patient. They can later help us to comfort others. And when we thank God for these situations, even when it feels ridiculous to do so, we’re acknowledging His sovereignty, His dominion and His power.

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Thanks for the bad
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Bishop's Corner July 19, 2018 posted by

On the cutting edge

Bishop Jonathan Holston reflects on what it is to be in mission: Being on the cutting edge, figuring out what it means to make disciples. Transforming the world for people where they live. Using our lives to share Christ’s love. Meeting new people and listening to their stories. Growing in an understanding of how God is at work in the world.

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On the cutting edge
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS
Editor's Views June 10, 2018 posted by

Our Methodist family

Editor Jessica Brodie on how—when we take a step away from our own clique, our own church, our own circle of friends and family, and we begin to look around at others who are also Christian—we realize our family is nothing like us at all on the surface except where it counts: in matters of faith.

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Our Methodist family
Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS
Editor's Views May 25, 2018 posted by

What I love best about the UMC

By Jessica Brodie. The concept of the United Methodist “connection” has been central to this denomination from the beginning, stemming from our founder John Wesley and the “connexion” he encouraged to help us stay accountable and in touch. After all, as I’ve heard former Columbia District Superintendent Dr. Tim McClendon say a dozen times, “Together we can do more.” And it’s true! Together as God’s body, we the people of Jesus are a powerful army of the Lord. When we put our hearts and minds and dollars and prayers together in His name, nothing can stop us.

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What I love best about the UMC
Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
Bishop's Corner May 25, 2018 posted by

From anywhere to everywhere

By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston. As we approach the opening of the 2018 session of the South Carolina Annual Conference, I am filled with excitement and hopeful expectation. We will celebrate the culmination of this past year of ministry and look to the future with enthusiasm about the ways God will continue to use us in the communities across our state and around the world to make disciples.

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From anywhere to everywhere
Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry
Editor's Views April 24, 2018 posted by

Let’s go slowly

The proverbial writing is not on the wall. In fact, as people guided by the Holy Spirit, I would argue anything can happen. God has this in His hands, my friends. His will is going to be done. Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie on the denominational models to be considered by General Conference.

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Let’s go slowly
Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
Bishop's Corner April 24, 2018 posted by

A time to remember

I have found that to know what really matters in life is to eliminate all the things that distract you from what really matters. Even though our minds are filled with other thoughts, preoccupied with schedules and not always thinking about heavenly things, the Easter message reminds us that what we do with our lives matters to Jesus. A column for the Advocate by Bishop Jonathan Holston.

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A time to remember
Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
Editor's Views March 26, 2018 posted by

God in the graffiti: A Puerto Rico love story

Sometimes spreading the Gospel is sharing our testimony. Sometimes it’s bringing someone to church. Sometimes it’s loving people in His honor. And sometimes, it’s spray-painting His name on concrete planters on the northern coast of Puerto Rico to remind passersby that no matter what else the day, the week or this temporary human life can bring, at the end it’s all about God. A column by Jessica Brodie.

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God in the graffiti: A Puerto Rico love story
Photo by Jessica Brodie
Bishop's Corner March 26, 2018 posted by

The moment when everything changes

It’s so easy to simply get caught up in the enthusiasm of the crowds and join the procession that has the loudest brass bands or the most elaborate floats or the greatest number of celebrities or the most charismatic leaders. It’s easy to miss the procession where Jesus is riding on a humble donkey proclaiming dominion, not with violence, but by courageously loving, humbly serving and bravely acknowledging his place among the victims of imperial power. A column by Bishop Jonathan Holston.

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The moment when everything changes
Photo by Isaac Broune, UMNS
Editor's Views February 22, 2018 posted by

A tithe of time

By Jessica Brodie. Giving back with the first tenth of what I “have”—whether that’s money or time—is an important symbol of faith and homage, a gesture of respecting His authority. Now I start each day by offering my tithe of time, just like I tithe my money. He gets my “first fruits.” It doesn’t matter what else the day holds; He comes first. And ironically, just like I haven’t missed the money I tithe to Him, I don’t miss the time, either.

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A tithe of time
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS
Bishop's Corner February 22, 2018 posted by

Here we are again

By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston. As we continue in this season of Lent, of sacrifice, of self-reflection and seeking God, we are called to wrestle with how we bring hope to situations of despair in our world. On Feb. 14, once more we found ourselves in anguish over the loss of young lives in a mass shooting—this time with 17 dead and more than a dozen wounded at a high school in South Florida. Less than three months into this year, 30 mass shootings have been reported in our country.

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Here we are again
Photo by Mike Dubose, United Methodist Communications
Editor's Views January 24, 2018 posted by

Quiet time

By Jessica Brodie. Renewal and refreshment are critical when it comes to a healthy spiritual life; we’re told this, and we should know this. But with today’s go-do-now mentality, what we say and what we allow ourselves permission to do are often at odds. We forget that throughout Scripture, Jesus took needed time apart from others and apart from his work teaching and performing miracles.

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Quiet time
Photo by Jessica Brodie
Bishop's Corner January 24, 2018 posted by

Making the you-turn

As we prepare to embark this month upon our Lenten journey, we do so in the midst of a world that is in need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A column by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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Making the you-turn
Photo by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications
Editor's Views December 28, 2017 posted by

Touched beyond measure

To me, the best parts of the Christmas are when we can hit pause on the busy button and do just that: breathe. Marvel at the glossy wrapping paper and glittery bows. Sigh in wonder at the sparkling lights on the nine-foot-tall tree inside the bank. Close my eyes and offer a silent prayer of appreciation as I cuddle on the couch with my husband and little ones, grateful for all things God brings—good and bad and the gray somewhere in between. A column by Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie.

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Touched beyond measure
Photo by Jan Snider, United Methodist Communications
Bishop's Corner December 28, 2017 posted by

Promises, promises

So once again it’s a new year, a time when we make resolutions. All of us desire a clean slate to bring change to our circumstances and improve our quality of life. A column by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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Promises, promises
Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
Editor's Views November 27, 2017 posted by

Overcoming the world

By Jessica Brodie. Three models—one far left, one far right, one smack in the middle. Three starting points for the future of The United Methodist Church. Which path is best? These? Another? None? Only God knows. And He does know.

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Overcoming the world
Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS
Bishop's Corner November 27, 2017 posted by

Let us pray

By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston. Prayer focuses us to listen attentively for God to speak. As Mary wrestled with what it meant for her to bear the Son of God, so must we wrestle with what it means to carry the good news of God’s son into today’s world.

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Let us pray
Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
Editor's Views October 24, 2017 posted by

Faith lessons from a bike ride

By Jessica Brodie. There I was, zipping through the forest on two wheels and a metal frame, knuckles clenched tight, helmet rattling, knees pumping furiously and a crazed grin on my face. That’s right—for the first time in who-knows-how-many years, I got back on the proverbial bike. Oh, the lessons I learned.

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Faith lessons from a bike ride
Photo by Matt Brodie

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