March 2, 2018

“One Foot In Front Of The Other” March 2018 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“One Foot In Front Of The Other” It’s a rather old piece of advice, but the way to get to any destination is ‘place one foot in front of the other’ and start moving. That’s the way we get from point A to point B, whether in life, job, or just about any other aspect […]

January 29, 2018

“A Spiritual Check-Up” February 2018 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“A Spiritual Check-Up” My family has a history of heart disease. It was probably present with several grandparents, but it became all too apparent when my father had a heart attack and blockages that required bypass surgery (twice). When my internist learned of this family history, he began tracking my own markers for cardiovascular disease. […]

January 11, 2018

“A Slight Pause As We Enter 2018” January 2018 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“A Slight Pause As We Enter 2018” My first car was a used 1972 Camaro. It had a small eight cylinder engine. The engine was elementary enough that I could do some of my own repair and maintenance work. I could change the spark plugs, change the oil, adjust the timing belt, and even replace […]

December 1, 2017

“What Will They Say” December 2017 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“What Will They Say?” In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to […]

October 31, 2017

‘The Anniversary Intersection’ November 2017 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

I grew up in Columbia, SC. By the time I was in high school and certainly by college, I had heard of “Five Points.” It was an area located near the University of South Carolina where five roads intersected and created a hustling, bustling area of shops, bars, and restaurants. Everybody knew where Five Points […]

August 1, 2017

What’s Our Ministry? August 2017 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

What’s Our Ministry?” When I think about our congregation, I can close my eyes and see our membership. I can see your faces and recall all the things you do as a vocation. And as I think about those occupations, it is so obvious that we are a most blessed congregation. Sitting in our pews […]

July 7, 2017

Under God by Pastor David Butler July 2017

“Under God” July 4th, Independence Day, will arrive this week. For most of us, Independence Day is a holiday where we stay home from work to enjoy activities with our family, watch a fireworks display and listen to some patriotic music. Perhaps we’ll fire up the grill, enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs, and maybe go […]

June 4, 2017

I was just thinking. by Pastor David Butler Herald June 2017

“I was just thinking …” Recently Dan and Ilene Lackland, Gayle Hilton, and I had the opportunity to represent St. John’s at the South Carolina Synod Assembly held in Charleston at the Marriott Hotel on Lockwood Drive.  It is always an honor to represent our church at the Synod Assemblies but this year it was […]

March 1, 2017

Did You Know by Pastor David Butler March 2017

“Did You Know?” Almost every year I spend a full class discussing the church seasons with my catechism students. They always appear interested and a bit surprised that the church has seasons that are not Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter. Instead we talk about Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. Pentecost is the longest […]

August 31, 2016

An Update: ELCA Churchwide Assembly by Pastor Butler – September 2016

During the week of August 8-13, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America met at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.  Gathering under the theme “Freed and Renewed in Christ: 500 Years of God’s Grace in Action”, the Assembly met to discuss and vote on significant items of ministry and administration.  Presiding […]

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