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Author Mitch Carnell

Mitch Carnell is a member of First Baptist Church of Charleston, South Carolina. He is the author of “Our Father: Discovering Family.” His writings can also be found at MitchCarnell.com.

‘Becoming’

While rather slow moving and in need of some sharper editing, the Netflix documentary ‘Becoming’ about Michelle Obama nevertheless presents an accurate portrayal of an accomplished woman being judged unfairly at every turn. […] Read More

Gone were the new outfits, the in-person Easter egg hunts, the gatherings for worship. We watched the worship service on computers, iPhones and iPads. It was a different Easter, but we were good soldiers in the coronavirus war. […] Read More

Remember when the world was an exciting place. Remember being overcome with awe? That was before you grew up and lost sight of what was important. That was before you let the world take it away. Oh, to have the joy of a 2-year-old. […] Read More

This Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the National Day of Listening, a perfect time to sit down with your family to tell and record your stories. Don’t let those stories die. They’re important to you and future generations. […] Read More

Preachers should use every technique possible, including humor, to develop their sermons, says pastor and comedian Susan Sparks. Her how-to book on sermon preparation is pure gold for those who wish to improve their sermons. […] Read More

Being positive is a challenge. Being negative is easy. Even when our words are meant with the best of intentions, they can still cause hurt. This Sunday, on Say Something Nice Day, put your positive words into practice. […] Read More

Serene Jones, author and president of Union Theological Seminary, writes in her compelling and nearly flawless book that God holds all of us in love and empowers us to take care of ourselves in an imperfect world. […] Read More

The laity and clergy were once equal partners in Baptist congregations. With the arrival of the megachurch and the CEO-pastor model, the influence of the laity has been in steady decline while clergy abuses have been on the rise. […] Read More

StoryCorps has designated Black Friday as a National Day of Listening, a time when families – however you may define that – come together to tell and hopefully record family stories. Here’s mine. […] Read More

One of my birthday presents this year was accompanied by a great compliment. My son gave me Jimmy Carter’s new book, “Faith: A Journey for All,” and said, “Dad, this sounds like you.” It was an over-the-top compliment, but I sincerely hope that it is true. There is not much that surprises in this new […] Read More