Do you know our Carolina Compass? This article was first published in its April edition.

By Tim Maurer

When my family moved from our lifelong home of Baltimore to Charleston in June of 2014, we knew exactly no one in the Lowcountry. Indeed, that was part of the plan — to cast off the comfort and safety of a lifetime of family, friends and connections and embark on a journey of exploration.

By Charleston Mercury Staff

Days of Healing Prayer provide opportunities to hear teachings on prayer and to receive healing prayer. St. Michael’s Church will host its next DOHP on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. and includes lunch. The church press release stressed that these Saturdays dedicated to prayer are offered for all seeking to experience the “outreach, sharing the healing power of God’s love poured out through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

By Matthew Wilkinson

Last October, St. Michael’s Church held an event called Evensong for the Persecuted Church. Songs from different areas of the persecuted church in the Middle East were sung, in the context of the Anglican service of Choral Evensong. A speaker, His Grace Bishop Youssef, a bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church, came to speak about the suffering of Christians in the Middle East. He prayed, preached and answered questions in a formal question-and-answer session after the service.

By Charles A. Collins, Jr.

“If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it was never meant to be.” So goes an anonymous quote that featured prominently in cheesy posters from the 1970s, but despite the indeterminate source and somewhat unusual context (at least in my mind), it contains at least a nugget of truth.

By Marjorie Dannenfelser

Guest Opinion

What a difference a year makes.

A little over a year ago, in the spring of 2013, the prospects for the right to life movement seemed dim.

By Charles A. Collins, Jr.

Shortly after moving to Texas in early 2001, I needed a couple of diplomas and my diaconal ordination certificate framed. After consulting with some friends in the area, they were nearly unanimous in their recommendation of where I should get the work done — a place that I’d not heard of in South Carolina, but about which people were effusive in praise. I’m speaking, of course, of Hobby Lobby, a store that has followed me as I returned to S.C. — and has been much in the news of late.

By Francis and Judith MacNutt

Most of us are aware of Paul’s listing of special gifts of the Holy Spirit needed to build up the complete body of Christ, and that one of them is “healing” (I Cor. 12:8-10 and 12:28-30). While we are all encouraged to pray for healing (Luke 11: 9-13), it is clear that some Christians are especially gifted, and should be recognized in the Christian community as being so gifted. Paul also encourages us to pray for those gifts of ministry that are all given by the Holy Spirit who “distributes gifts to different people just as he chooses” (I Cor. 12:11).

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