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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

Who was the funniest person in your family? Who was the most serious? Who was the caretaker? Who was the prankster? Family stories are important. They tell who you are and where you came from. My grandfather had the greatest laugh I had ever known until our son, Michael, came along. His laughter can light […] Read More

I heard the devastating news of the shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, when I returned home from church. The horror of that incident is almost too much to comprehend. How can a single individual harbor that much hate? I have no idea. I am the product of a small town and […] Read More

“The Invisible Women: Naming and Proclaiming the Forgotten Women in Scripture and Church Law” is a book of great consequence. Through Sister Sandra Makowski’s superb writing, research and scholarship, the poor treatment of women in the Bible, lectionary and local church is brought to new light. Of course, Makowski writes from a Catholic perspective, but […] Read More

Peter Gomes, the former minister of Memorial Church, said in a 2004 convocation address to the Harvard Divinity School, “Silence is death, and we with our skills and talents have never been more needed than now.” His words were never more appropriate than now for those of us who strive for a more civil national […] Read More

President Obama struck the right note when speaking about the police shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “We need to temper our words and open our hearts,” he said following the mid-July killing of three officers. Words are powerful. They have the power to build up or tear down, calm people down or stir them up. […] Read More

The ability to communicate is a gift. We can bless others with this gift by using it to heal, to build up and not to harm. Conversely, we can use it to tear down, to harm and to destroy relationships. We all need and search for connectedness. We know how it feels to be in […] Read More

I opened a note card from a favorite young cousin and was startled and pleased by what she had written: “I love you.” She brought joy to my heart. I didn’t expect it, and there was no apparent reason for her gesture. What a delightful surprise! So often those of us who are older worry […] Read More

“It only takes 21 seconds to be kind to someone.” That’s what Wayne Soares told a Boys and Girls Club in Boston. Soares, a former sports broadcaster on ESPN Radio and Fox Sports, is now an author and motivational speaker. He recounted an episode from his youth with his Boston Red Sox idol. His idol […] Read More

A group of 25 religious leaders met in Washington, D.C., recently to promote civil discourse. They wanted to turn down the harshness of the rhetoric in our nation’s capital. Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church, told the media, “Faith leaders have a remarkable opportunity to shift the conversation, but it’s […] Read More

What is your latest accomplishment? Who helped you achieve it? Who recommended you? Who taught you the skills? Who encouraged you? Who opened your eyes to the possibilities? Who opposed you and caused you to work harder? Who told you that you couldn’t do it? Who was your competition? Choose one of these to whom […] Read More