Stories by the Rev. Jeff Miller

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

Is modern Christianity too sanitized?

I am concerned that churches and the Christians who fill them have largely lost the impropriety that characterizes our faith.
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Put down the smartphone and make a real connection

Zaxby's, Friday night. My wife, myself and my four kids are enjoying chicken together. As we are eating, I notice something: We are the only ones talking to one another. Fourteen out of 17 people ...
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013

Letter: Now, the other Mr. Miller

I cordially invite the other Jeff Miller to breakfast or perhaps coffee, my treat.
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Friday, May 24, 2013

Humans weren't meant for violence

I believe that our world today has largely exchanged the sacred gift of life for a lust for violence. Many people are not even aware that this has happened.
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

God teaches us special love for special people

There are people all around us with special needs. Take the time to enter their world, and you will find a new level of love from God.
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

Letter: Mr. Miller, meet Mr. Miller

I have no agenda and will not bring up faith unless he does.
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Friday, Nov. 16, 2012

A thankful heart prepares the way for God

Let's make a choice to see all of life as a gift. Let's approach Thanksgiving not as a greedy consumer, but as a grateful beneficiary.
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Friday, Sept. 7, 2012

Money management reveals our hearts

Your checkbook ledger and credit card statement are a mirror of character - who you are and what your priorities are at the deepest level.
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Friday, July 27, 2012

Weakness can be a blessing

In his second letter to the Corinthian church, Paul says it like this: You will experience weakness, and this weakness will develop new strength in you.
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Friday, March 23, 2012

Never take tomorrow for granted

A few months ago, I was driving along happily when suddenly my old Honda puttered out and died. After it was repaired, the sense of security I'd had before was gone.
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Friday, Feb. 10, 2012

Sexual pleasure bestowed by God

No matter what our culture, or perhaps our church, has made it to be, the Holy Bible presents human sexuality as wonderful.
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Friday, Oct. 14, 2011

Gluttony: The ignored sin

I should like to speak today about gluttony. But first, I humbly admit to the reader that this is one of my biggest struggles. Well, really, it’s not a struggle; it is a sin. Ouch.
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Friday, June 3, 2011

Blessed and happy are the slow

Recently I acquired a 31-year old Honda Civic. Puttering around town in this car gives one an experience of nostalgia, of simplicity, of slowness.
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Friday, March 25, 2011

Singing brings us in harmony with our faith

Whether a choir fifty strong at First Presbyterian, the contemporary band at the Vineyard or the booming voices of the men at Augusta Rescue Mission, singing is something that is inherent to most ...
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Friday, Dec. 10, 2010

The Christmas story has its sober side

Even for the Christian who celebrates Christmas reverently, the essence of the birth of Christ can come wrapped to us in what is a far cry from its original context.
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

Being creative is good for the soul

Creativity is something that, unfortunately, is at an all-time low. Sadly, the church has contributed to this artistic boredom in our culture.
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Friday, Sept. 3, 2010

What should be your life's 'main event'?

What is the "main event" as it relates to our lives? What do I project? What about my church? What do we project? What are we known for?
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Friday, Jan. 29, 2010

Pastor says withholding judgment leads to caring for others

I, as a pastor on a mission from God like Jake and Elwood, often fail at that which I seek to do most: care for people.
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009

Don 't let the fires of romance fizzle over time

Man gets up early. Man loads gun. Man goes into woods. Man sees deer with big antlers. Man kills deer. Man throws deer into Chevy. Man hangs deer head on wall. Deer head gathers dust.
By the Rev. Jeff Miller

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009

Fasting allows God to fill us with blessings

Our church is in the midst of a 40-day fast of consecration. We're not promoting a book; we're not starting a new ministry. There is no reason to fast other than to experience more of Jesus in our ...
By the Rev. Jeff Miller
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