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

Bishop's Corner August 24, 2015 posted by

Two words

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. It has been said that “when spoken together at just the right moment, there are two words that have amazing life-changing power.” These two words possess the capacity to breathe into us new life, to lift burdens and calm fears as well as to inspire hope.”

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Two words
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Bishop's Corner June 15, 2015 posted by

Giving thanks where it’s due

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. At 3:55 p.m., the 2015 Session of the South Carolina Annual Conference came to an end and a new conference year took flight. Our time in Florence was a glorious experience of Christian conferencing and celebration.

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Bishop's Corner February 20, 2015 posted by

Keeping a holy Lent

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. It was in 1896 that Professor George Washington Carver received a letter from Dr. Booker T. Washington. It was a plea for help from the president of one institution of higher learning, Tuskegee Institute, to a well-known professor of agriculture at another institution, Iowa State College.

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Keeping a holy Lent
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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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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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