They heard irony in someone who insisted he didn’t know the very language he was clearly speaking. I dare say you will experience this same sort of irony if you attempt to speak a language of faith that you don’t really know.

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Palm Sunday, a religious festival that commemorates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem before his crucifixion, marks the beginning of Holy Week for Christians who recount the biblical events that lead to Jesus' resurrection. The week also includes the Passover celebration where Jews remember the Hebrews' liberation from Egyptian bondage. 

My career as a health care chaplain often leaves me feeling like I’m pastoring a parade. That’s because, by definition, my chaplain relationship with patients is a temporary one.

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Even as LifeWay Christian Resources shuts down all 170 of its shops — including seven in South Carolina with one in North Charleston — other Christian book stores in the Lowcountry are staying open by offering non-Christian materials. The establishments are functioning less as a book store and more as community centers.

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Aimed at engaging youth, serving those in need, and attracting individuals who would otherwise be too intimidated to enter a church building, Charleston area congregations will combine preaching and prayers with food and fun through "praise in the parks" and other outdoors events this spring.

Some have suggested that Norris Burkes refer to himself as "America’s Favorite Chaplain,” but he thinks "The Bomb-Dump Chaplain” might be a better fit.

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Louise Brown, 84, and Vera Smalls, 72, were among the 12 women at Charleston’s Medical College Hospital in 1969 who refused to air their grievances about low wages and long hours individually, as their supervisors insisted they do. They had banded together and wanted to show solidarity.

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To expand the reach of her nonprofit, which focuses on female empowerment, Fields launched the Dream Girls Conference  — an annual North Charleston event that currently attracts about 3,000 middle and high school girls and helps them make wise decisions. 

On the second day on Utila Island, I meet our neighbor, Ken Nelson, a missionary with Legacy Mission International. Ken offers me a golf-cart tour into a barrio called Camponado. In literal minutes, we move from stunning beauty to staggering poverty. I’ve not seen a landscape like this since my National Guard deployment into the muddy wards of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

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Cinderella days and projects have become a staple in a lot of communities, and for the Lowcountry, it’s the same. The events are a culmination of local community members and businesses coming together to donate dresses while local girls are able to pick out one of their choosing at no cost

On a recent Monday, my wife, Becky, and I boarded a plane flying south to Honduras. From several thousand feet aloft, we cross a border that, according to The New York Times, “76,000 migrants crossed without authorization in February ... approaching the largest numbers seen in any February i…

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For many Christians, Lent involves abstaining from favorite foods, beverages or habits and spending more time in prayer and meditation. Here’s what some worshipers plan to give up for the season.

My interest in public safety comes from the tragedies I’ve witnessed in my chaplain career. In death’s aftermath, I’ve offered comfort to those whose loved ones were accidentally struck, shot, suffocated, burned, poisoned, fallen or electrocuted.

A special session of the general conference, held Saturday through Tuesday in St. Louis, Missouri, will decide whether the denomination will permit same-sex weddings in churches and ordain openly gay clergy — a hot-button topic that recently threatened to split to denomination. Charleston area congregations are hoping for unity and clinging to their values.

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Bach "tempered" (retuned) the chromatic scale, dividing it into 12 equal semitones. He codified the rules of Western harmony, and he set the standard for performance practice in the first part of the 18th century. It’s a legacy that has influenced all musicians since, including The Beatles, whose songs — “Love Me Do,” “Eight Days a Week,” “Penny Lane” — depend on the rules of harmony and voice leading that Bach established.

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It was one of the bloodiest episodes of the civil rights movement, and it changed South Carolina's reputation when it came to race relations. It was no longer known as a moderate state that had avoided the violent confrontations seen in Mississippi and Alabama.

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Have you ever found yourself under fire for saying or writing something that you believed to be clearly innocuous? As a public speaker and a writer, I can say yes to this a thousand times.

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I was stooped over a dustpan lamenting my lot in life when I remembered something the French existentialists believed about struggle: not that struggle would redeem us, but that it was the only sane response to an absurd world.

The groups will host their third annual Food & Faith: A Dialogue Between Muslims and Jews. At the program, which begins with a conversation between Rabbi Michael Davies, who leads Dor Tikvah, and Imam Shamu Shamudeen of the Central Mosque of Charleston, guests will learn blessings and enjoy foods from both religious cultures.

I’ve earned my perspective from sitting in a lot of waiting rooms with patients’ families. These long waits have made me into somewhat of a wait expert.

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YWCA Greater Charleston’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute is a 10-day-long celebration that includes a parade, ecumenical and worship services, a poetry slam and a racial equality workshop. Thousands of Lowcountry residents take part in one way or another.

If you’ve read my column long enough, you’ll know that this columnist seeks to fill the holes of the unexpected. So, today, I recollect my very worst Christmas ever!

“So, how does a former pastor go about looking for a church?” you ask.

I confess that it can be a hit-and-miss process similar to finding a good counselor and a doctor.