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Columns by the resident bishop of the South Carolina United Methodist Conference

Bishop's Corner September 17, 2018 posted by

While we breathe, we hope

By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston. South Carolina once again is feeling the brunt of a powerful hurricane that has caused widespread property damage across our state. While many South Carolinians have had their lives disrupted, there is tremendous evidence of God’s faithfulness in our midst. We recognize that these are trying times that are overwhelming and often lead us to believe there is nothing we can do to help.

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While we breathe, we hope
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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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Bishop's Corner September 22, 2017 posted by

Results that matter

By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston. Across the Caribbean, Texas and Florida, the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria is extensive. While there is tremendous evidence of God’s faithfulness in our midst, we recognize that these are trying times that are overwhelming and often lead us to think there is nothing we can do to help.

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Results that matter
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Bishop's Corner May 22, 2017 posted by

Making an impact

By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston. When I think about Annual Conference, it has always been a time of reinforcing our identity, mission and ministry as a community of faith. In other words, we are people who love God, seek to do God’s will, love and cherish each other and treat others with dignity and honesty, as well as people who build bridges of understanding and peace. This is who we are, what we do and why it matters…

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Making an impact
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Bishop's Corner April 25, 2017 posted by

Expecting great things

Bishop Jonathan Holston writes about the 2017 South Carolina Annual Conference, what he calls “a blessed time to gather for praise, worship, service and holy conferencing.”

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Expecting great things
Photo by Matt Brodie. Last year’s Annual Conference attendees share a service of Holy Communion together.
Bishop's Corner January 25, 2017 posted by

Breathing deeply

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. As we continue to seek a more excellent way, I share with you words from a good friend and colleague indicating the best of devotion to God and community.

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Breathing deeply
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Bishop's Corner December 28, 2016 posted by

Cheerful giving

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. When was the last time you heard the refrain, “It is better to give than to receive”? If the truth be told, we hear it all the time, especially this time of year.

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Cheerful giving
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