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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

“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

The picture of President Obama standing with the four living former U.S. presidents at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas is a grand statement for us, and the rest of the world, as to whom we are. No one had to die for any one of them to take office. […] Read More

When Pope Francis kissed Dominic Gondreau, a boy with cerebral palsy, on Easter Sunday, he sent a powerful message that needs to be amplified over and over again. God loves all children – those who are well and those who have some challenging condition. Pope Francis compounded his busy Easter duties to demonstrate God’s amazing […] Read More

I am a product of small-town public schools. As the battles rage over what is wrong with our schools and what makes for a good teacher, I think much can be learned from studying my hometown. Woodruff, S.C., is a small, cotton mill town in the Piedmont region. In my youth, the great majority of […] Read More

The Price House, built in 1795, is a historic site in Spartanburg County in South Carolina. My great-grandparents owned the property. My parents as a young couple did much of their courting there. My son, Michael, drove Carol and me there to celebrate the historical association’s Woodruff Days in the town of Woodruff – the […] Read More

The tragedy of Billy Graham’s endorsement of Mitt Romney is not Graham’s choice for president of the United States. It would be the same had he endorsed President Obama. The tragedy is that he made an endorsement at all. His removal of Mormonism from his list of cults and his endorsement are simply the results […] Read More

I have always loved congregational singing. When I was a preschooler on Sunday mornings, the congregation often sang, “Bringing in the Sheaves.” I had no idea what sheaves were, so my young mind translated sheaves into something I knew: sheets. After all, Mondays were laundry days and we hung the sheets on an outside clothesline […] Read More

What gifts were you given, and how have you employed them to further God’s kingdom? During a discussion of talent, I said to Paula Carl, a gifted pianist, organist and conductor, “I am wary about using the term ‘talented’ because I don’t want to imply that you don’t work very hard at what you do. […] Read More