Posts by Category: Views

This is the category for Advocate editorials and other viewpoints.

Bishop's Corner November 29, 2021 posted by

The days are surely coming

The word “Advent” means “coming” or the arrival of something important. As a people of faith, we join the voices of Ancient Israel in the clarion cry for God to save us, to restore justice and to build right relationships. We join their voices in a call for the fulfillment of God’s promises. By Bishop Jonathan Holston.

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The days are surely coming
Editor's Views October 25, 2021 posted by

When you’re just not feeling thankful

Have you ever felt simply … off? Unsure, perhaps, why you are feeling this way, you strive to reconnect with God in your usual ways. Maybe you go off alone, spending time in prayer and meditation with the Lord. Maybe you read more Scripture, try a new Bible study, or do what you can to slow down and take a step back from your crazy-hectic pace. By Jessica Brodie.

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When you’re just not feeling thankful
Bishop's Corner October 25, 2021 posted by

Lest we forget

The late Maya Angelou said, “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” It goes further to say that we should never back away from any intimidating challenge. By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston

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Lest we forget
Bishop's Corner September 28, 2021 posted by

From the Inside Out

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 to calm fears—as well as to inspire hope. The two words to which I refer are simply these: “I understand.” A column by Bishop Jonathan Holston.

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From the Inside Out
Bishop's Corner August 25, 2021 posted by

Taking the lead

At the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, midshipmen must keep their rooms ready for inspection at any time and keep their uniforms in regulation condition. Demerits can be given for a room or uniform that is not in proper order. A column for the Advocate by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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Taking the lead
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Editor's Views July 29, 2021 posted by

Engaging with those we disagree with

After 11 years in this position, more than 20 years in journalism and more than four decades on this earth, here’s the biggest truth I’ve learned: I don’t know everything. (Neither do you!) And I can learn a lot from opening my heart and mind to other perspectives. By Jessica Brodie.

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Engaging with those we disagree with
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Bishop's Corner July 29, 2021 posted by

Making it plain

What I have come to know is that confession and repentance is hard and painful work. No one ever feels that they have wronged anyone or done anything that needs an apology until it is brought to their attention. Yet repentance goes beyond confession. To truly repent demands a life changed from the inside out. A column for the Advocate by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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Making it plain
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Bishop's Corner June 12, 2021 posted by

Our journey together continues

In times of change, such as this year of pandemic that we have experienced, what if we were to offer new questions rather than searching for a new “right” answer. Changing the conversation can move us toward a different way of thinking about our future possibilities. By Bishop Jonathan Holston.

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Our journey together continues
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Editor's Views May 24, 2021 posted by

Beyond the fear

Fear can create hate and division and cause racism to fester like a septic wound. Fear can make people say “yes” to everyone and everything in their world until that “yes” leaves them exhausted, worn down and empty. Fear can cause us to give up on life, on people, on the beautiful tomorrow promised to us by God. By Jessica Brodie.

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Beyond the fear
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Bishop's Corner May 24, 2021 posted by

The gathering of God’s people

As this edition of the Advocate arrives, the 2021 session of the South Carolina Annual Conference will be starting. On June 6 and 7, we will gather virtually for a time of giving thanks to almighty God and celebrating the ways in which we have been seeking and fulfilling God’s purpose for the church. By Bishop Jonathan Holston.

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The gathering of God’s people
Bishop's Corner April 27, 2021 posted by

The question is

By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston. Walking with Bishop Knox into the town of Alajuela, I asked him his expectations of clergy. He responded, “To be on the cutting edge of ministry, making a difference for the sake of Christ.”

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The question is
Bishop's Corner March 31, 2021 posted by

Simple blessings

Jesus’ call for us not to worry about the future is a bold claim. The good news of the Gospel is just that—GOOD news. So when Jesus tells us not to worry, he is not leaving us high and dry. Jesus is calling us to put our trust in him. To trust that he will provide for our every need—the big stuff and the little stuff. All of it. By Bishop Jonathan Holston.

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Simple blessings
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Editor's Views February 22, 2021 posted by

It’s time to stop

It’s time to stop ignoring or disregarding views not in line with our own, writing them off as if they belong to “them” or “those people.”  We are all the body of Christ, and words can hurt. By Jessica Brodie.

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It’s time to stop
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