Posts by Category: Editor’s Views

Columns by the editor of the Advocate, Jessica Brodie

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
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
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
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
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
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
Editor's Views September 22, 2017 posted by

An obligation to save

If you’re hired to be a cashier and show up for work in a freshly laundered uniform with a bright smile, a winning personality and a strong work ethic but are willing to do everything but ring up orders, then you’re not a cashier. If we are a Christian but aren’t willing to share the Lord with others (one of our most important job duties!), then how can we be a Christian? By Jessica Brodie.

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An obligation to save
Photo by Ronny Perry, United Methodist Communications
Editor's Views May 22, 2017 posted by

God does miracles … even this

By Jessica Brodie. God can do all things. He made the universe. He made the world. He made us all. He has a plan, and He always works all things to His good purpose. And that is why—even amid arguments and worries and legal disputes and other ways we simple, non-divine human beings attempt to solve problems—I am resting calmly, safely and securely in the faith that God is with us all and will see us through everything.

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God does miracles … even this
Photo by Gary Henderson
Editor's Views January 25, 2017 posted by

We’re not in this alone

By Jessica Brodie. One of the best things about being a mom is the chance to see the world through the unique and innocent eyes of my children. It’s amazing to me how they view the world, whether it’s the simple beauties of nature to how our nation dialogues about politics. And one of the most rewarding of these fresh perspectives has been the way I have come to look at friendship—courtesy of my 9-year-old daughter, Avery.

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We’re not in this alone
Photo by Jessica Brodie.
Editor's Views December 28, 2016 posted by

Shared stories, shared understanding

Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie announces the newspaper will continue another 10 months with something that has been one of her personal favorite projects since she became editor six-and-a-half years ago: the South Carolina Stories of Racial Awakening Project.

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Shared stories, shared understanding
Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
Editor's Views November 21, 2016 posted by

A day can change everything

Our family lost the best dog in the world yesterday afternoon, the day before the Advocate went to press, and we never saw it coming. And as I muddle through grief, I’m left with one key thought that won’t let me go: Treasure what you have while you have it, because life is painfully, tragically short, and those you love can be gone before you can even say goodbye. By Jessica Brodie.

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A day can change everything
Scout Brodie. Photo by Matt Brodie
Editor's Views September 29, 2016 posted by

Listen, understand, heal

Mass protests. Riots. Tear gas. Violence. Pain. Our nation is hurting. What are we, as followers of Christ, going to do about it? An editorial by Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie.

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Listen, understand, heal
Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
Editor's Views August 25, 2016 posted by

A fresh start

By Jessica Brodie. It doesn’t matter how many years I’ve been out of school—I still celebrate back-to-school season. There’s something about the freshly gleaming pads of paper and neat little boxes of pencils at Target stacked carefully next to rows of neon-colored highlighters and binders that make my heart go pitter-patter.

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A fresh start
Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

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