Posts by Category: Views

This is the category for Advocate editorials and other viewpoints.

Bishop's Corner August 27, 2013 posted by

How do you spell relief?

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. Every weekday morning, it was the local radio station blaring from my parent’s room. The disc jockey, H. Randolph Holder, would recite his signature closing, Smile until 10 o’clock, and the rest of the day will take care of itself.

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Editor's Views August 27, 2013 posted by

Bold works for Christ

By Jessica Connor. I am consistently heartened when I learn about — and get the opportunity to write about — people who are doing novel and extraordinary things for the Kingdom. A lot of times, they don’t think they’re doing so much. I’m just knitting,  a woman will tell me, her head tucked shyly; yet to the homeless veteran who wears the soft gloves that her hands lovingly crafted, her skill means the difference between a cruel night and comfort.

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Editor's Views July 24, 2013 posted by

Moving forward together

By Jessica Connor. One case does not a nation make. And as we move forward in the weeks following the acquittal of neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, we would do well to remember that.

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Editor's Views June 18, 2013 posted by

Can I God-size that?

By Jessica Connor. Suddenly, that’s all I’m hearing: God-sized vision. God-sized dream. God-sized goal. God-sized reality. God-sized worship. Popularized by Bishop Jonathan Holston, the phrase was repeated everywhere at Annual Conference—in conversation, on the stage, on the floor, in the Twittersphere. And I’ve got to say, the phrase really works.

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Bishop's Corner June 18, 2013 posted by

A more excellent way

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. Ron Walters, the vice president of church relations for Salem Media of Georgia Inc. shared this story about Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, saying, “Few ballplayers have ever played the game as Mickey Mantle did. He launched home runs like missiles.”

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Editor's Views April 25, 2013 posted by

Love prevails

By Jessica Connor. Two sweet-faced young women and a grinning little boy lost their lives doing absolutely nothing but participating in a family-friendly activity: the Boston Marathon. Others now face life as an amputee. Countless more will surely struggle through Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. All because two world-hating men decided they wanted to make a statement, or something.

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Editor's Views March 26, 2013 posted by

Do something

By Jessica Connor. In our faith, I’ve heard it over and over again: once we are saved in Christ, it shouldn’t be enough to merely rest in the knowledge we are now guaranteed a spot in the Kingdom. While nothing we physically do can get us into heaven, once we are safely in the arms of Jesus, we’re not supposed to just sit around on our laurels, eat bonbons and rest comfortably in our state of grace.

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Bishop's Corner March 26, 2013 posted by

One shining moment

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. The question of what teams are in or out, who will be the bracket buster or who is in the field of sixty-eight all describe the NCAA basketball post-season called March Madness.  The culmination of this event is the crowning of a champion and its anticipated anthem of college basketball: One Shining Moment. 

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Editor's Views January 29, 2013 posted by

Now what?

By Jessica Connor. While job security and the overall financial health of the nation seem to be on the upswing, I don’t think anyone expected the S.C. Conference to see its best year in apportionments giving since 2003. After all, the recession nearly crippled many in this state, and economy experts are calling this year’s Christmas shopping season the worst since 2008. Most people expected something on par with last year, if we were lucky.

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Editor's Views December 18, 2012 posted by

Let it shine

By Jessica Connor. January is the clean month, the time when I ceremoniously tear off the December page in my desk calendar and gaze down upon all the fresh blank spaces, just waiting for me to plug in meetings, events and occasions.

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Editor's Views November 20, 2012 posted by

Jesus’s birthday party

By Jessica Connor. Red-faced and sad, I have to confess: This morning I asked my 7-year-old son, “Do you remember why we celebrate Christmas?” and he responded, “Because it’s Santa Claus’s birthday.” With a crash, all my happy notions that I was doing right by him as a Christian parent crumbled to the ground, replaced with shock and disbelief.

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Editor's Views October 29, 2012 posted by

My election prayer

By Jessica Connor. Prayer is a powerful, powerful thing. We pray for safety, for health, for strength, for comfort. On prayer lists and church bulletins, in worship and in small groups, we pray for a friend diagnosed with cancer or an acquaintance recently widowed.

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