Posts by Category: Views

This is the category for Advocate editorials and other viewpoints.

Editor's Views November 26, 2019 posted by

Dry bones come to life

We’ve heard the stories time and again: once-thriving country churches whose numbers dwindled as their communities folded, until eventually the churches themselves closed their doors. I picture these country churches as they likely were long ago, bustling with activity and chatter, their doors spilling open after worship with people who’d picnic on church grounds or under a nearby shade tree. But once in a while, I hear stories of the reverse: a small church suddenly flourishing again with new life, filled with people and ministry doing all they can the name of the Lord. A commentary Jessica Brodie.

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Dry bones come to life
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Bishop's Corner November 26, 2019 posted by

A habit of hope

Shalom. The Hebrew word for “peace.” Shalom is not the absence of tension, but rather this peace exists in the midst of tension. We sometimes fall into thinking that if we have God’s peace then there will be no tension, no conflict, no issues to face. However, the truth is that God’s peace is present in the midst of all this, despite the circumstances around us. A column by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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A habit of hope
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Editor's Views October 28, 2019 posted by

On being grateful

By Jessica Brodie. As the mother of preteens, I hear the word “entitled” bandied about a lot. My kids are in Generation Z, which is the first generation to grow up in an entirely digital world, and they are fully accustomed to all things electronic and adapt to new technologies quickly and easily. Entitled is a funny word…

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On being grateful
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Bishop's Corner October 28, 2019 posted by

Never too late

It is said that the first feast was a traditional celebration of the plentiful harvest to which the Wampanoag were invited as an act of gratitude for the ways they had helped the Pilgrims acclimate to their new environment. The two groups joined together for these few days. Yet we know that this temporary time of friendship and feasting did not last. Now, even as we prepare for traditional celebrations with family and friends, the complexity of our history must be acknowledged. While we are thankful, we need to remember that reconciliation is still needed. A column by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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Never too late
UMCom photo by Kay Panovec
Editor's Views September 25, 2019 posted by

Stop the madness

This month, October, is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. And sadly, South Carolina ranks fifth in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men. Your silence and your inaction could be deadly. Together, we can do something to help.

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Stop the madness
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Editor's Views August 26, 2019 posted by

Standing together

Keeping people out of prison is not about being “soft” on crime or altering laws. It’s about coming together as a responsible and loving community before crimes occur. It’s standing with our young people before they walk down the wrong path or begin to make poor choices. It’s coming alongside them with accountable mentoring relationships that expose them to positive life models and high expectations. A column by Jessica Brodie.

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Standing together
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Bishop's Corner August 26, 2019 posted by

Must be carefully taught

How we live each day matters and impacts others in ways that we may never even know. So, being intentional about living our lives as a reflection of the Gospel even when that is challenging or unpopular, is critical. That’s why becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable is key. A column by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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Must be carefully taught
Bishop's Corner July 26, 2019 posted by

What are you waiting for?

In a world filled with complexity and uncertainty, it is easy to get overwhelmed. And the best way to counteract this kind of paralysis is to do something for someone else. A column by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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What are you waiting for?
David Ivey, member of Mount Horeb UMC, Lexington, clears away debris at a house in Hatillo, in northwest Puerto Rico. Photo by Matt Brodie.
Editor's Views June 11, 2019 posted by

No matter what

As we shift into summer in the aftermath of Annual Conference, let’s all take a deep, full, Spirit-filled breath of gratitude that we all have the opportunity to be children of God—every one of us. God made each of us, and God loves each of us. No matter what. A commentary by Jessica Brodie.

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No matter what
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Bishop's Corner June 11, 2019 posted by

Moving hope forward

Some of the final words we hear each year during Annual Conference are these: “Sine Die.” Adjournment indefinitely. The completion of the agenda. The time for everyone to go their separate ways back home. While this is a necessary action in accordance with parliamentary procedure, as People of Hope, we know that the conclusion of Annual Conference is not the end of our time together as Christians. As United Methodists. As disciples of Jesus Christ. By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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Moving hope forward
Bishop's Corner May 28, 2019 posted by

Blessed assurance

“As we breathe a collective breath together, it is my hope that we will stay in conversation with one another, focus on the things that unite us and remain steadfast in our mission to walk together toward a future with hope.” An annual conference column by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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Blessed assurance
Editor's Views April 30, 2019 posted by

Such hope

Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie on a recent mentoring experience that reminded her beyond a shadow of a doubt what our church is meant to do on behalf of our savior, Jesus—not argue with fellow believers about sexuality or other issues, but instead to powerfully and earnestly make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.

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Such hope
Brodie (back center) with her co-mentor Denise and their nine “confirmation girls.”
Bishop's Corner April 30, 2019 posted by

A time to gather

Bishop Jonathan Holston on his expectations that the 2019 Annual Conference will be “a glorious time of celebration where the graciousness of God and the generosity of God’s people called United Methodist will be experienced in excellent ways.”

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A time to gather
Editor's Views March 26, 2019 posted by

God is on the move in South Carolina

In the aftermath of General Conference, Editor Jessica Brodie reflects on how no matter what we sinful and imperfect human beings get wrong, God is on the move in spite of and perhaps because of us, shining through us in big ways and small.

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God is on the move in South Carolina
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Editor's Views March 1, 2019 posted by

No one wins

Editor Jessica Brodie on how—despite how many are hearing rejection in the aftermath of General Conference—we should all work to send a different message and narrative: one of God’s love and unity.

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No one wins
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Bishop's Corner March 1, 2019 posted by

Faithful dialogue

Bishop Holston reflects on Lent, General Conference, and how we are still one church and God’s people as we work together to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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Faithful dialogue
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