A Final Thought October 27 2020

I remember hearing a story on the radio years ago about a list that identified the most influential people in history, with Jesus named as the second-most influential.  When the author of the list was asked about that particular ranking, he responded by saying that Jesus would have easily been at the top of the list if it hadn’t been …

Pastor’s Perspective October 22 2020

Tuesday morning, just after sunrise, I was walking down a dirt road with our dog for our regular morning stroll when we came upon a juvenile copperhead snake slithering across the street.  It is quite common to see the distinct imprint of a snake crossing when we are out walking, but it is unusual to actually see the snake, especially …

A Final Thought October 20 2020

When Jesus warns his audience in the Sermon on the Mount about being on the lookout for the false prophets who would be ravenous wolves disguised as sheep, his warning comes directly on the heals of his saying that we must make a choice between one of two roads.  One road is wide and easy, and it leads ultimately to …

Pastors Perspective October 15 2020

Election day is less than three weeks away, although many have already cast their ballots either through early voting or absentee ballots.  At some point on or after election day, the winners of the various offices will be announced and, at some point after that, those people will be sworn in to their positions.  Presently, it seems as though the …

A Final Thought Oct 6 2020

As a source of moral teaching, the Sermon on the Mount must rank as one of the greatest messages ever proclaimed.  Lessons about forgiveness, not judging or condemning others, seeking reconciliation, and the importance of keeping your word (among other lessons) are topped off by the all-encompassing lesson on morality that is known as the Golden Rule:  do unto others …

Pastor’s Perspective Oct 1 2020

Two days of downpours and unsettled weather came to a rather momentous conclusion Tuesday evening when a severe thunderstorm blasted across the island.  The high winds tossed about tree limbs, making a general mess of the place, and knocking out power for more than ten hours.  Yet, on Wednesday we awoke to blue skies and cool fall temperatures (and restored …

A Final Thought September 29 2020

Countless millions of church goers over the years have memorized and regularly prayed what is commonly referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer.”  Within that prayer, there is a line whereby we ask God to forgive us our trespasses.  If we are honest with ourselves and spend even the slightest moment of self-reflection, it should be obvious that sin (trespass against …

Pastor’s Perspective September 24, 2020

One of the natural wonders of our Island is the beach, which serves as a nesting ground for sea turtles.  Each year mature female sea turtles return to the beach, climb the shore to an appropriate spot, dig a deep hole and then lay their eggs.  Afterwards, the mom will cover the nest with sand and then slowly drag her …

A Final Thought September 22

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.”  With those, and a few other profound words, Jesus exhorts us to not let worry or anxiety rule our lives.  And, as is the case with so many of the statements of the Bible, this is …

Pastor’s Perspective September 17 2020

Multiple long-time friends here on the Island have recently sold their homes and are closing the chapter of their lives that included living on Daufuskie.  All of them have been here at least fifteen years, but they have now reached a point in their lives where they need easier access to family and the many modern conveniences available on the …

A Final Thought September 15 2020

If a pastor had told you that, as a condition of you accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you needed to sign a document that turned all of your assets and your income over to God with you named as steward of those items, would you have done it?  This isn’t the normal teaching of churches in America, but …