Week Three: Grace

Week Three:  Grace

This is week three in a three-week series on things I am thankful for.  The first two subjects were work and family.  Today’s subject is grace.  Three things definitely worthy of our thankfulness, three things we definitely need, and three things connected. I often address the theme that most of life’s issues are non-respecter of […]

Thanksgiving Wishes

Thanksgiving Wishes

Our church here in Edgefield County, the Episcopal Church of the Ridge, is unique in the state of South Carolina. We have not one location to worship, but three: Trinity Church in Edgefield, the Church of Our Saviour in Trenton, and Grace Church in Ridge Spring. Our congregation is diverse in the sense that our […]

Post-Election Thoughts

Post-Election Thoughts

Now that the election is over, we can all ponder where we are and what is next. Hillary Clinton was the flawed Democrat who garnered more votes than any other candidate, but she was not elected President. The flawed Republican candidate who garnered the second highest number of votes but carried the Electoral College is […]

Three Weeks: Work, Family, Grace

Three Weeks: Work, Family, Grace

This is week two in a three-week series on things I am thankful for.  Seems appropriate for November, doesn’t it? The three subjects are Work, Family and Grace.  Three things definitely worthy of our thankfulness, three things we definitely need, and three things connected. When thinking about being thankful for family, I am keenly aware […]

Thankful for Work

Thankful for Work

I am going to spend the next three weeks writing about three things I am thankful for. This week I am thankful for work.  That’s right, work! When I reflect on creation, one of the things God did with man, after creating him, was to give him a job – “Then the Lord God took […]

Letter to the Editor – Your Vote Matters! Dean Campbell

It has been my pleasure to represent District 3 on County Council since 2010. I wanted to take a moment to explain why I am asking for your vote on November 8. In the past six years, Edgefield County has made some incredible steps forward. I will highlight a few. First, the County Council has […]

Letter to the Editor – Endorsing Sheriff Adell Dobey

By way of introduction, I am a retired Assistant Director with SLED and I grew up in Edgefield County. I met Sheriff Adell Dobey shortly after he was elected and I liked him from the very beginning. I have since gotten to know him personally and appreciate his service as Sheriff of Edgefield County. I […]

Considering Grace for Our Candidates

Considering Grace for Our Candidates

It’s a fact. We all need grace. One of the highlights of this election season is how divided we are as a nation. The division is at a level where hatred has been exposed in sad and unproductive ways.  Some believe the division is actually fostered and encouraged by some within the leadership structure of […]

Pope Francis, Christian Teachings, and Helping Muslim Refugees

Pope Francis, Christian Teachings, and Helping Muslim Refugees

One ancient Chinese curse, we are told, is “May you live in interesting times.” This political year, with its flawed candidates on both sides, is proving to be one of those interesting times. Those of us who have studied history know that the biggest split in the Muslim world happened in 661 A.D., when Islam’s […]

The Stranger’s Among Us, Part Four

The Stranger’s Among Us, Part Four

This is the fourth piece in the series “The Stranger’s Among Us.” I hope you will look online for the earlier editions as the foundations laid are critical to understanding my two concluding pieces. This will not be the last time I write about refugee resettlement. Refugee resettlement is a complicated, multi-faceted issue. I wanted […]