Stories by the Rev. Charles Cochran

Friday, March 18, 2011

Downtown is good place to live, worship

In the old days, church pastors usually lived in a parsonage next door to the main sanctuary -- an arrangement that generally was viewed as a mixed blessing.
By the Rev. Charles Cochran

Friday, Nov. 26, 2010

For new Christian year, resolve to listen carefully to other people

If you attend a church service this Sunday, don't be too surprised if your minister wishes you a happy New Year. It will be the first Sunday in Advent - the official start of the Christmas season.
By the Rev. Charles Cochran

Friday, April 2, 2010

Column: Resurrections give cause to celebrate

We are in a season of resurrection. To see it, all you need to do is look out your window.
By the Rev. Charles Cochran

Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

Healthy conversation good for the soul

It has been a year since The Augusta Chronicle cracked open the door on its Your Faith page, allowing clergy folk to offer a weekly word or two.
By the Rev. Charles Cochran

Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009

Let the light of Christ shine within you for others to see

It is the day after Christmas, and we who love the holiday have celebrated in more ways than you can shake a stick at.
By the Rev. Charles Cochran

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009

Cherish life's blessings, and its challenges

When I was a boy, I would lay my head on my father's belly. It was a rather distinctive belly -- a sort of round thing, more comfortable for a boy's head than any pillow.
By the Rev. Charles Cochran

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Baptism water will change your life forever

Don't tell anybody, but I was raised Southern Baptist. As a teen, I declared my faith in Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and I was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Newington, Ga.
By the Rev. Charles Cochran

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Attention is all God needs of us

There's nothing quite like an explosion to get your attention. A few Saturday evenings back, I was in our church fellowship hall printing the bulletins for the following day's service when I heard ...
By the Rev. Charles Cochran

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Gift from congregation bears fruit

My church gave me a red dogwood tree last October. It was a beautiful gift -- just amazingly thoughtful, commemorating my first year as pastor. Yet anyone who truly knows me will appreciate the irony.
By the Rev. Charles Cochran

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Farmer found his salvation in old age

My father was a farmer, and I spent much of my boyhood working on the family farm in rural Screven County. I learned how to drive a 2-ton truck through a hay field long before I took a car onto a ...
By the Rev. Charles Cochran
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