Miroslav Volf

Posted January 16, 2024 by Trey Medley in Discipleship

Miroslav Volf is considered one of the greatest living theologians whose breakout work, Exclusion and Embrace, is easily among the most influential works of theology in the last fifty years. Volf, currently the director for the Center for Faith and Culture at Yale University, is equally at home with evangelicals, among mainline churches, and in academic theology.
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Monday Over Coffee: "Outside"

Posted January 15, 2024 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Mrs. Hestilow was a terrific math teacher in elementary school, but what I remember most about her was that she was open—every once in a while—to accede to her students’ pleas to hold class outside. Of course, as soon as we got a taste of this, Mrs. Hestilow began to receive the request regularly and had to refuse, pointing out quite rightly and reasonably that whenever we went outdoors we’d get…
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2023 in Review

Posted January 9, 2024 by Steve Wells in Pastor

Before we move very far into 2024, I’d like to take a minute to remember some highlights from 2023. In a number of ways, 2023 was a year in which God was making all things new. We head into 2024 with some real challenges and some incredible opportunities. As I look at the year ahead, I am mindful that the same God who blessed us in so many different ways and through so many different people is…
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Monday Over Coffee: "A Duty to Hope"

Posted January 8, 2024 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

It’s easy to entertain, even embrace the notion that things are bad in the world and only getting worse. Good news, on the other hand, must sometimes be sought out. This is where the Gapminder Foundation comes in. Gapminder is a non-profit organization, which—having recognized what they call a “terrible market failure” related to the imbalance between bad and good news in our lives—has created an…
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Comfort in Hope

Posted January 2, 2024 by SMBC in Worship

In January and into February during our Sunday morning worship services, we’ll be focused on receiving the divine comfort that hope in a faithful God places on offer to us. God is a comforter. God is a giver of hope. As we explore the book of Isaiah each week and the beautiful words God gave to the prophet—"Comfort, comfort, my people"—we'll be encouraged to embrace hope in a God who's not only…
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Once Upon a Family...

Posted December 25, 2023 by SMBC in Advent

Christmas is a time for families. We delight in watching children experiencing all that the season brings. Is there anything more joyful than a child at Christmas? Of seeing their anticipation for what’s in store? We travel to be with parents or children knowing that when we’re with family, we catch afresh the wonder of the season and the promise that there is a place for us. It’s no accident…
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Peace Sunday

Posted December 24, 2023 by SMBC in Advent

The Greek word for “peace” (pronounced as “eirene”) is rooted in the Hebrew concept of shalom. The Hebrew word “Shalom” (peace in English) means to bring completeness or to restore. Israel as a nation was chosen by God to be the harbingers of God’s shalom throughout all of creation. God called the people of Israel were called restoration and hope as they stood as a testament to God's reconciling…
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Silent Night

Posted December 23, 2023 by SMBC in Advent

First performed on Christmas Eve in 1818 in a small town in Austria, Silent Night (Stille Nacht) is a staple of the Advent season. Peaceful, serene, and awe-inducing, this carol provides a glimpse into a quiet night when God’s gift to humanity was realized. A woman gave birth to her firstborn, and Christ became flesh to dwell among us. 
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Christmas Tradition

Posted December 22, 2023 by SMBC in Advent

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
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Loving Humility

Posted December 21, 2023 by SMBC in Advent

Growing up, my immediate family celebrated a rather traditional Christmas. We gleefully tore open packages and gifts on December 25 and ate the traditional Christmas spread of foods. With extended family, however, Christmas looked a bit different. 
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Papa's Cinnamon Rolls

Posted December 20, 2023 by SMBC in Advent

My Papa (maternal grandfather) was, among many things, a baker. All year long, but especially when we were visiting at Christmas, we were treated to his pancakes, biscuits, and cinnamon rolls. In later years, he became unable to bake, so while the family had all the recipes, his pancakes (or hot cakes) were the easiest to make.
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End-of-Year Need to Meet the Budget

Posted December 19, 2023 by Steve Wells in Discipleship, Pastor

Your year-end giving really does make a difference. In 2023, forty-seven people joined South Main after either making a profession of faith in Christ or discovering a new church home with us. Eight baptisms grew out of the nurturing work of our Family Ministry. Think about that—young people, some who have been at South Main since being on the cradle roll and others who made their own way as…
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O Come, All Ye Faithful

Posted December 19, 2023 by SMBC in Advent

O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis), likely written in the mid-eighteenth century, is a triumphal carol that urges us to gather close to Christ for the sole purpose of adoring Him. We are urged to come first to Bethlehem, Christ’s birthplace, where the angels sing in exultation on the happy (Christmas) morning.
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Christmas Present

Posted December 18, 2023 by SMBC in Advent

What is the best present you've ever given someone?
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Monday Over Coffee: "The Shark is Broken"

Posted December 18, 2023 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

The Shark is Broken is a captivating play about the behind-the-scenes drama that unfolded during the much-troubled filming of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster 1975 movie, Jaws. The play premiered in London’s West End in 2021 before coming to Toronto, then Broadway this past fall. 
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Love Sunday

Posted December 17, 2023 by SMBC in Advent

John of the Cross was a Carmelite monk from the sixteenth century best known for his reflections on spiritual formation. His book, Dark Night of the Soul, explores how our trials and struggles are an opportunity to be formed into people who understand and practice love for others and love for God.
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Memories of Christmas Feasts

Posted December 16, 2023 by SMBC in Advent

The very first South Main Christmas service my family attended was 30 years ago. Looking back, the amount of time passed, the relationships deepened, and the consistency of the church in my life is, of itself, something to be cherished. 
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The First Nowell

Posted December 15, 2023 by SMBC in Advent

Of Cornish (English) origin, The First Nowell was likely composed during the early modern era (c. 1350-1800). The song tells the story of the angels, who announced Christ’s birth, and the shepherds and wise men who came to adore Him.
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Christmas Activity

Posted December 14, 2023 by SMBC in Advent

What is your favorite Christmas time activity? Art by Wyatt Smith (2nd Grade)
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The Arrival of Santa Paws

Posted December 13, 2023 by SMBC in Advent

A group of players mentioned in our Christmas songs but often overlooked in our memories of Christmas are the animals: “The cattle are looing-the baby awakes…” “The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum,” “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer, had a very shiny nose.”
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