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

Bishop's Corner January 26, 2015 posted by

What the world needs now

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. Some years ago, Dionne Warwick recorded a popular song written by Hal David and Bert Bacharach, which stated these simple words; namely, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love, it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.”

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What the world needs now
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Bishop's Corner December 22, 2014 posted by

Qualities within reach

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. So we’re at that place where we’re checking our resolution list again. Unfortunately, just like last year and in previous years as well, we notice that there were some resolutions we achieved with excellence while others left much to be desired.

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Qualities within reach
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Bishop's Corner October 26, 2014 posted by

Imagine No Illiteracy

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. Recently, I attended a meeting where my attention span was uniquely challenged. It was the kind of meeting where you check your watch every 30 seconds or so. Then a statement was made that captivated my attention. In the midst of my boredom, a colleague raised a question; namely, “Can you imagine no illiteracy?”

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Imagine No Illiteracy
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Bishop's Corner July 28, 2014 posted by

Great opportunities

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. During the week of June 28-July 5, I was privileged to travel with a team of 13 youth and clergy led by our team leader Chris Lynch from the Palmetto State to Honduras.

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Great opportunities
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Bishop's Corner March 24, 2014 posted by

Who could ask for anything more?

By Bishop Holston. Most days I seem to get bogged down in the busyness and irritations of life. Often I am reminded of the quote that says, “Make sure that we never get too busy with life that we don’t have time to live.” Yet it is so easy to waste time fretting over things that are not important.

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Who could ask for anything more?
Bishop's Corner January 27, 2014 posted by

You must not shine alone

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. Karlton was young, bright, strong and smart. He was also away from home for the first time facing opportunities he had worked hard to achieve. He was acutely aware he would need to be at his very best from day one.

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Bishop's Corner November 27, 2013 posted by

The wonder of it all

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. The point of the whole Christmas message is that what we do with our lives matters to Jesus. Christmas is all about Jesus coming to be with us. It is about Immanuel, God with us, looking on! In fact, we can look and see the image of God in Jesus.

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Bishop's Corner September 25, 2013 posted by

Being neighborly

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. An anonymous writer penned these words titled A Collection of Attitudes, referencing the parable of the Good Samaritan, saying: To the expert in the law, the wounded man was a subject to discuss; To the robbers, the wounded man was someone to use and exploit; To the religious men, the wounded man was a problem to be avoided; To the innkeeper, the wounded man was a customer to serve for a fee; To the Samaritan, the wounded man was a human being worth being cared for and loved; To Jesus, all of them and all of us were worth dying for. 

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Bishop's Corner August 27, 2013 posted by

How do you spell relief?

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. Every weekday morning, it was the local radio station blaring from my parent’s room. The disc jockey, H. Randolph Holder, would recite his signature closing, Smile until 10 o’clock, and the rest of the day will take care of itself.

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Bishop's Corner June 18, 2013 posted by

A more excellent way

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. Ron Walters, the vice president of church relations for Salem Media of Georgia Inc. shared this story about Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, saying, “Few ballplayers have ever played the game as Mickey Mantle did. He launched home runs like missiles.”

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