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Unexpected comfort and joy within the Anglican divide in Myrtle Beach

Tidings of comfort and joy? The holidays seem like weeks of frantic rushing for minutes of comfort and joy.

But this Advent season, if anything does give me comfort and joy, it’s the way local ACNA church members and Episcopal Church members are still meeting with one another — different sets of people, different venues, different occasions, but all warm and friendly.

This would seem highly unlikely, given the split of the Diocese of South Carolina into a diocese affiliated with the Anglican Church in North America and a diocese affiliated with The Episcopal Church.

But as I have experienced first-hand here in Myrtle Beach, local ACNA members and Episcopalians are still finding the time and the love to go out for meals together, to study together, to have drinks together, to share enthusiasms on social media together.

And it’s always good to see each other.

Leaders stake territory; friends stay together.

I’m in the newspaper today; here’s a subtle clarification

I’ve known Steve Jones for years, and I admire him. He’s a top-notch reporter.

When he was interviewing me with two other members of Church of the Messiah for today’s article in The Sun News (my former employer), I think either I didn’t make my point clearly enough or maybe a subtle distinction was lost in the shuffle.

Jones reports:

Messiah church member Colin Burch chose to stay with the traditional church while his wife and three daughters continue to worship at Trinity Church.

The bishop of The Episcopal Church in S.C. conducted the service where one of his daughters joined the traditional church.

He said his children see the situation much like they might a divorce.

“They just don’t know which (parent) to go with,” he said.

The divorce analogy, which originated with my wife Kristi, was intended to describe Kristi and my three daughters — they see the split between Bishop Mark Lawrence’s diocese and The Episcopal Church USA like a divorce, and they aren’t sure which “parent” to go with.

My wife and my daughters, in varying combinations, join me at Church of the Messiah from time to time.

As far as my family is concerned, I listen to Kristi and I listen to my daughters, especially my 14 year old, and even as dense as men can be, I’m fairly certain we [my wife and daughters] all share certain values. I can certainly claim Kristi, the 14-year-old, and I have rich conversations about many things related to church, Bible, tradition, and theology.

Now, if I can just get the 14-year-old to teach me Latin. She’s way ahead of me.

Furthermore, more than a year ago now, the 14-year-old opted to be confirmed by the Episcopal Church USA bishop while continuing in a Bishop Lawrence parish.

Of course, I continue to love and admire many members of Trinity Church.

Update, 4:10 p.m.: On my Facebook page, I referred to a tradition started by my great-grandparents. As an exhibit of that heritage, please see “An Important Church in My Family,” which includes a few photos from All Saints Episcopal Church in Oakley, Maryland.

Update, 8:50 p.m., Dec. 8: My distinguished friend (though not distinguished because of our friendship) Charlie Jordan alerted me that RealClearReligion.org, in its list of today’s articles, included a link to Steve Jones’s article in The Sun News.

Update, 7:55 p.m., Dec. 12: I added a bracketed phrase to clarify “we” in the paragraph beginning, “As far as my family is concerned…”

Tonight’s vote at Trinity Episcopal Church Myrtle Beach explained

Trinity Episcopal Church in Myrtle Beach tonight voted to stick with Bishop Lawrence & the Diocese of S.C. rather than to re-affiliate with the Episcopal Church USA, 119 to 31, with 4 abstentions.

Analogy: If your spouse decides no longer to believe in historical Christianity, you must divorce.

Heresy is reversible but schism endures.

Heresy is about ideas, but schism is about relationships.

Sam Adams parent company launches new cider nationwide on Monday

Angry Orchard ciders: Crisp Apple and Apple Ginger. At the 4th annual Myrtle Beach Beer Fest.


Photogallery of Greek iconographer working on Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach

Click here to see The Sun News‘ photogallery of an iconographer at work.

When Larry Crabb visited Myrtle Beach

A blast from the past…

Sun News, The (Myrtle Beach, SC) – Sunday, May 16, 1999
Author/Byline: Colin Burch , THE SUN NEWS
Page: C1

Psychologist Larry Crabb, speaking at First Baptist Church of Myrtle Beach on Saturday, said churches are not typically places for strong relationships.

“It is my conviction that spiritual community is lacking in the Christian church,” Crabb said.

Crabb is professor and distinguished scholar in residence at Colorado Christian University in Morrison, Colo., and professor at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia.

He’s the author of several best sellers, including “Inside Out” and most recently “Connecting: Healing for Ourselves and Our Relationships.”

In his speech Saturday night, Crabb said anyone can hug and anyone can show up in church.

Crabb said too often churches focus on what’s manageable, rather than depending on God and each other to deal with life’s struggles. At the same time, people focused on ministry often fail to establish relationships with other Christians.

But the high standard for Christian community is the Trinity in which God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit dwell together as one, he said. Christians should look at the Trinity as the goal for church relationships, he said

To foster community, Crabb said, people must be honest with one another about who they are and where they are in life.

He said too many churches are not safe places to talk about life’s struggles.

“Let’s not pretend that because we are convinced of our doctrinal correctness that everything’s fine,” Crabb said.

It’s possible that people who conform to external standards are the worst off spiritually, he said.

Crabb also said Christians should realize the power of God’s spirit is available to help them when they are struggling, or dealing with others who are having a hard time.

Toward the end of his talk, Crabb said Christians should move together to realize the high ideal of community that is demonstrated in the Trinity and not be discouraged with how things are now.

The church needs to be a community where we turn toward each other and release God’s goodness into the lives of others, he said.

His speech at First Baptist Church was sponsored by Pine Lakes Bible Church in Myrtle Beach.

GroundZeroMB.com — will it ‘go beyond religion’?

I’ve had the flier for Ground Zero for more than a week now.

The Ground Zero flier and website promise spectacular events and multimedia presentations in the Myrtle Beach area, each designed to help middle-school and high-school age children make good choices and grow in their Christian faith.

“GO BEYOND RELIGION,” the flier says, in all-capital letters.

Most of us will take any positive reinforcement for kids in a cultural landscape full of risks.

I sincerely hope the speakers and organizers of Ground Zero can alter poorly navigated lives by a few degrees.

Even so, the scary statistic-mongering on the flier — 81 percent of teens have had alcohol; 47.2 percent have smoked marijuana — hints at a flawed view of the Gospel.

The worst thing that can happen to your child is not sexual intercourse.

The worst thing that can happen to your child is not drinking.

The worst thing that can happen to your child is not experimenting with illegal drugs.

The worst thing that can happen to your child is not a stay in jail.

The worst thing that can happen to your child is for him to believe he is beyond redemption.

Whatever harsh social, personal, legal, and health consequences result from a bad decision, no choice is too horrible for the love and grace of Christ.

Any other message will not “go beyond religion.”