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News October 25, 2010 posted by

New translation reaches out through common English

By Jessica Connor. Getting new believers to come to a contemporary worship service with modern praise music and a hip young pastor who uses video and everyday speech in driving home the message? Check. Getting new believers to pick up a Bible filled with antiquated, formal language so they, too, can know the word of God? Not so easy.

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News September 29, 2010 posted by

Campus Funds Frozen

By Jessica Connor. A surprise fund freeze is sending S.C. campus ministers scurrying for new ways to support their programs this fall.

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Editor's Views September 1, 2010 posted by

Love Not in Word but in Action

By Jessica Connor. On page 9 of this month’s edition, I draw your attention to guest columns written by two Salkehatchie alumni – one a teenager, one an adult. What touches me especially about these columns is the do-gooder Christ-inspired sincerity these volunteers have about the annual summer service project. It’s a spirit I’ve heard echoed by a host of people since I started as Advocate editor in June.

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Views September 1, 2010 posted by

Vital Churches

By Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor. Does your church have life and vitality? Is it an essential part of your life? There are some ways you can help your church thrive.

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News July 30, 2010 posted by

Restructuring: what’s next?

By Jessica Connor. Work has begun on a new district-level structure for Connectional Ministries designed to better equip local churches and increase connectionalism conference-wide.

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News July 30, 2010 posted by

Spirit, spark draw laity

By Jessica Connor. Organizers are calling the 2010 Laity Convocation a stellar gathering that raised the bar on events to come – despite attendance from a crowd of fewer than 250, likely because of the holiday timing.

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Views July 30, 2010 posted by

The Wow Factor

By Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor. Every once in a while, the only word that can begin to describe it is “wow.” It is the spontaneous expression reserved for those times when something stops the routine, wakes us up and grabs our attention. In wonder and amazement, we are stopped right in our tracks. Our expectations have been exceeded. Something has touched us deeply, and we want to talk about it.

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Editor's Views July 30, 2010 posted by

What’s on your UM T-shirt?

By Jessica Connor. At Laity Convocation last month, Columbia District Superintendent the Rev. Tim McClendon talked about something I just can’t get off my mind. He called it the “T-shirt test” and wondered how, on such a small piece of cloth, we could possibly fit the message of United Methodism. After all, T-shirts are supposed to be quick-reads. And while meaningful, let’s face it – the vision and purpose of the S.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church is pretty long.

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