Messages & Audio Teachings

Medicine: The balm of forgiveness1

Medicine: The balm of forgiveness1

Welcome to Episode five of our trilogy, Bridges, where we continue to address the often difficult subject of racial reconciliation. June 17, 2015, was an ordinary day in Charleston, South Carolina. It was Wednesday, and a weekly meeting of a prayer group was underway...

Guilty: Confessing our bias towards color1

Guilty: Confessing our bias towards color1

According to their "Voting Laws Roundup" as of February, The Brennan Center for Justice makes this observation concerning potential changes to voting laws across the country — "In a backlash to historic voter turnout in the 2020 general election, and grounded in a...

Roadblocks: A community’s shame

Roadblocks: A community’s shame

As Cyndi and I watched the first episode of the ABC News documentary, Soul of a Nation, I knew that an old friend would be there with us. I can’t remember the first time that I met Shame. Likely, after being discovered climbing on the kitchen counter to reach the...

Empathy: Borrowed shoes

Empathy: Borrowed shoes

It was one of my dad’s favorite pearls of wisdom concerning how to get along with others. “Never judge a man when you haven’t walked a mile in his shoes,” my dad would say to me. Like all metaphors, borrowing shoes has its limitations. But there is a lesson in this...

Bridges: February 14 to April 18

Bridges: February 14 to April 18

We began our trilogy, Bridges, on Valentine's Day with our first episode, A love story. Each series in our trilogy takes us on a journey towards reconciliation. In this way, our entire journey is a love story. Each episode is an opportunity to grow closer to God, each...

Memories: The lies of assimilation

Memories: The lies of assimilation

"That's not how we do things here," the man says quietly to his wife, while loud enough for the people around them to hear. Meanwhile, the sound of the drums intensified in rhythm as the young men and women kept perfect time. Even the skeptical found themselves...

A love story1: Pride and prejudice

A love story1: Pride and prejudice

Relics of St. Valentine of Terni at the basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin…by Dnalor_01 , Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA 3.0) Valentines Day is both a strange and a familiar day of celebration. Although not an official holiday, at least one greeting card company doesn't...

Pastor’s Book Club News: Be the Bridge

Pastor’s Book Club News: Be the Bridge

We finished our study of the book and videos by Melissa Spoelstra, Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World. This often misunderstood book of the bible offered important lessons applicable to our lives together. We learned just how much we have in common with the...

Exceptions: Consequences are not rejection

Exceptions: Consequences are not rejection

As we come to the end of our series, Daring to hope in an unstable world, it's fitting to turn our attention to the good news that is the source of our hope. Otherwise, we run the risk of losing hope when we discover that we are frighteningly close to the situation...