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This is the category for Advocate editorials and other viewpoints.

Bishop's Corner July 1, 2020 posted by

What’s Going On

Forty-five years ago, against the advice of his Motown record executives, Marvin Gaye released the song “What’s Going On.” What’s going on is that we can’t breathe. The weight of oppression and injustice is suffocating. By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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What’s Going On
Bishop's Corner May 26, 2020 posted by

All in due time

By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston. Growing up in the Holston household, respect for your elders was the rule. Fear was not exactly what my brother and I had for our father, even though we were scared at times, but it was the awesome power of his presence. He was a yes sir/no sir kind of guy. If he asked you to jump, you asked how high. If he asked you to run, you asked how far. If he asked you to stand, you asked how long.

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All in due time
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Views May 26, 2020 posted by

When? We must speak out

By Dr. Robin Dease As a seminary student in Washington, D.C., I worked for Marriott Management Services in the George Washington University community. I had the awesome opportunity of catering…

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Editor's Views April 28, 2020 posted by

Such beauty

By Jessica Brodie. I’m astounded by the beauty of God’s glory shining across every single page of this month’s newspaper. Take a look and tell me if you don’t agree! On every page, you’ll find examples of regular men and women—and sometimes children!—doing something extraordinary for the Lord, living beyond themselves to spread the Good News or to help others in His name. And all this is happening when many of us are stuck at home, quarantined for the most part because of the coronavirus.

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Such beauty
Church members left uplifting and encouraging chalk messages for their pastors outside Advent UMC, SImpsonville.
Bishop's Corner April 28, 2020 posted by

Just for today

By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston. The famed Dear Abby advice column offers wisdom wrapped in empathy and practicality. One such insightful column includes ways to have a chance for a fresh start today. There is no need to wait for a new week, a new month, or a new year. We don’t need to feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the long term.

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Just for today
Churches are getting creative in how they reach people in the pandemic. Here, the Rev. Annie Jackson places her sermon in a water bottle for a church member.
Editor's Views March 26, 2020 posted by

Can anything good come out of Nazareth?

These are trying times, to say the least. Our lives are upended, routines are off and many of the plans we thought we had a month ago are now completely and irrevocably gone. Some of us have lost our jobs, our security, our prospects, our health. And yet still: God is good. All the time. Even now. Especially now. A column by Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie.

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Can anything good come out of Nazareth?
Bishop's Corner March 26, 2020 posted by

Can I get a witness?

May we live out the hope found in the resurrection by continuing to participate in the life of our churches in helpful ways. Here are some suggestions. A column by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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Can I get a witness?
Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
Bishop's Corner February 24, 2020 posted by

An encouraging word

Anticipation abounds in uncertain times. We want to know what to expect, what the prognosis will be—and we want to know now. In the face of the unknown, we can find ourselves overcome with fear and helplessness. By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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An encouraging word
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Bishop's Corner January 28, 2020 posted by

Not by sight

Followers of Christ are often called to walk by faith and not by sight as we live in the in-between times modeled through Scripture. To walk by faith, not by sight, requires you to go to places God will reveal to you even if they are not familiar and to cling to the dreams God has planted in your heart. A column by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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Not by sight
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS
Editor's Views December 30, 2019 posted by

2020 vision

But what does “2020 vision” really mean for me as a woman of faith, and what does it mean for The United Methodist Church as we prepare to embark on yet another difficult and tumultuous year? A column by Editor Jessica Brodie.

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2020 vision
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Bishop's Corner December 30, 2019 posted by

Stand in awe

Once again, it is a new year, a time of listing the things we will resolve to do in the coming months. Some of these resolutions will be new, but much of the list contains “carryovers” from years gone by. Maybe the one resolution to make sure is on your list is to live beyond expectations. A column by Bishop Jonathan Holston.

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Stand in awe
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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
A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry
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
A photo illustration by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications

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