Posts Tagged ‘pastor-jason-collins’

The Greedy & Stingy Blue Crab

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

In August, I received a crab trap for my birthday and I have enjoyed catching crabs from our neighbor's dock. My son Duncan is actually a better crab fisherman than I am. Not long ago, he went out on a May River tidal creek with a string, a hook, and a package of chicken necks, and came home with 13 blue crabs in no time flat!...Keep Reading

Healing Wounded Warriors

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

My grandfather Hebert Cordes Braid (pictured below) was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a gunner's mate aboard the U.S.S. Phoenix when the Japanese fleet attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 - a day that Franklin Roosevelt said would "live in infamy"....Keep Reading

Prison in Peru: Part 2, 10-12-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

In my last eNews article, I recounted a story of going to visit orphan boys in a prison in Peru. I was uncomfortable with the thought of being in a prison in a developing country; and yet, Jesus showed up in that prison, and the ministry to those young boys was a highlight of our recent mission trip to South America....Keep Reading

Prison in Peru: Part 1, 9-21-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

One thing that I have learned this year is that when you are on a mission trip, expect surprises. On our recent mission trip to South America, Bruce & Phyllis Ehlers and I experienced one of those "mission trip surprises" on September 9 - our second day in Lima, Peru. Pastor Anderson Sanchez picked us up at our hotel to take us to see three churches and two schools that he is involved with: Mision San Pedro, Cristo Redentor, and Santisima Trinidad. ...Keep Reading

In Need of Pruning, 8-31-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

If you were to park in front of my house and look up toward the left side of the second-story porch, you would see a portion of my annual container garden. Up there I have five tomato vines. They are the tallest tomato vines I've ever grown - all of them are about 7 feet tall. Earlier in the summer, my neighbor looked at my tall plants and suggested that I prune them. I thought to myself: "She has no idea who she's talking to. I come from a long line of farmers and planters. I'm going to grow the tallest and most fruitful tomato vines in Bluffton!"...Keep Reading

Returning Home, 8-17-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Marion, South Carolina: a small town in eastern South Carolina. A town that many of you have never heard of; a town that most of you have never visited. But Marion, South Carolina is a place that I call "home", sort of. I've never actually lived in Marion, South Carolina, but my roots run very deep there. My family has lived in the area since at least the 1770s - maybe earlier....Keep Reading

Prayer on the Spot

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

"As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right." - 1st Samuel 12:23 There was a time in years past - before I became a pastor - when people would ask me to pray for a need or concern of theirs. They might say, "Please pray for me", or "Put me on your prayer list". I always agreed to pray for anyone who asked for it, but if I didn't pray soon afterwards, or if I didn't write myself a reminder, the busyness of life would get in the way. There were times where I just plain forgot to pray or I forgot what the prayer request was for....Keep Reading

The Doctor is Always In, 6-29-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

It doesn't take long to figure out that The Church of the Cross is a busy church. Yes, of course we worship together on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings, but our facilities on the historic campus are used every day of the week. Docents and tourists (sometimes as many as 120 tourists per day) stroll through the church and across the bluff. Bible study groups and ministry groups use all of the rooms in the building morning, noon, and night. ...Keep Reading

A Good Habit for Lent, 2-23-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Since Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance, please allow me to offer a Lenten habit for you to consider that will help you prepare for Easter and help you to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ. Why not try the Sacrament of Reconciliation?...Keep Reading

Faithful Fanatic, 1-29-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Fanatic (fuh-NAT-ik): noun - a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal. // In our ever-changing, pluralistic culture these days, it seems that if anyone gets excited about or is outspoken about their Christian faith, they are labeled a fanatic. For instance, take Russell Wilson: 2 weeks ago, when the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks credited God for helping his team defeat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, social media sites lit up with people calling Wilson a "Jesus Freak" and a religious fanatic. For me personally, I kinda thought that The Almighty was a Green Bay Packer fan like me! But why can't Russell Wilson give God the glory for his comeback victory? Why can't a famous athlete be outspoken about his faith? What's wrong with being enthusiastic for Jesus?...Keep Reading

Resolution, 1-12-15

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Most of us usher in the new calendar year by making resolutions: we determine to take certain actions to accomplish goals in the New Year. My family is no different. On December 31, we sat around the kitchen table and discussed our resolutions for 2015. Many of them involved being healthier: exercising more, reducing cholesterol, cutting back on sugar-intake, and things like that. But then I read the devotional excerpt from Jesus Calling for December 31, which reminded me of St. Paul's description of the human body being like a jar of clay. In 2nd Corinthians, Paul describes the human body as a jar of clay containing the Holy Spirit of God. Paul says that our bodies are like ordinary pottery so that it will be obvious to others that our spiritual growth and the transformation of our hearts is God's doing and not our own....Keep Reading

The Real Santa Claus, 12-22-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Four years ago, my daughter Hannah came to me and said that she wanted to know the truth about "the man with the reindeer sled". Two years later, I had the exact same conversation with my son Duncan. For some parents and children, the "Santa Claus talk" can be a traumatic experience, but it doesn't have to be. You see, Santa Claus IS real: he is just not exactly as popular culture has portrayed him. ...Keep Reading

Give Thanks in All Circumstances, 12-1-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Tomorrow, most of us will sit down at the dining room table for a Thanksgiving feast with turkey and dressing and all the traditional fixings. If your family is like mine, sometime during the meal, you may take turns telling one another about the things you are thankful for; your family, your friends and the many blessings that the Lord has showered upon you (at least, that's how we do it at the Collins house). But the apostle Paul - in his first letter to the church in Thessalonica - says that we are to give thanks in all circumstances. ALL circumstances, not just for blessings and not just in happy times....Keep Reading

The Art of Blessing, 10-16-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Earlier this week I attended a healing retreat at Camp St. Christopher. The speaker was The Rev. Russ Parker, a minister from The Church of England and the founder of Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, a ministry whose purpose is to help people experience the healing touch of Jesus through listening, healing, and reconciliation. One entire morning session was on the art of blessing....Keep Reading

Pray for the Persecuted Church, 9-8-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Crucifixion. Beheading. Christians being martyred for their faith in Jesus. It all sounds like the first 300 years of the Christian church. And yet, it's happening today as I write this article. Christians around the globe - most recently in Iraq, Syria, and the South Sudan are being forced to deny Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior or face immediate execution. We are so blessed to have religious freedom in our country that the news of Christians being persecuted for their faith seems surreal....Keep Reading

Hospitality: How to Entertain Angels, 8-18-14

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

The Collins family has arrived on the bluff and we are getting settled in The Clergy House (the former parish office). My wife Shawna has assumed the role of "chief organizer" as she works to get our lives organized and acclimated to new surroundings. Our daughter Hannah has begun cheerleading practice, our son Duncan has started at Cross Schools, and I have hit the ground running with my responsibilities at the church. Our transition to Bluffton and The Church of the Cross has been facilitated by the warm welcome you have given us. We have received friendly smiles, encouraging words, needed prayers, and even hot meals when our stove wasn't working. Our family sincerely appreciates the hospitality that you have shown us....Keep Reading

Answering the Call to Go & Do

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

During my final semester of seminary, I was praying and fasting, asking the LORD to clearly call me to a church where I could begin my ministry. During a Thursday-night Family Chapel Service, one of my professors began to preach on a Scripture passage found in 1 Kings 19. In that passage, the prophet Elijah was on the run from the henchmen of the evil Queen Jezebel who were trying to kill him. Elijah was hiding in a cave when the LORD spoke to him in a whisper. God said: "Elijah, what are you doing here?...Keep Reading

Be it Resolved

Posted onMay 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Let's be honest: this is the time of the year when many of our New Years' Resolutions fall by the wayside. The diet gets ignored, the exercise equipment collects dust, etc., etc. Right? But although we should eat healthy food and we should get the proper amount of exercise, the Bible never says that God commands His people to lose weight and increase their aerobic activity. He does, however, tell us to be holy....Keep Reading