Posts by Brian Rainwater

Posts by Brian Rainwater

A Season of Encouragement

Sunday, October 27, was a great day at Wightman United Methodist Church. We held two worship services, we had people joining our church, we celebrated a baptism, we held our church’s annual charge conference, we had over 20 people serving or attending Emmaus Walk, an intense spiritual weekend, and we enjoyed kicking off our first week of UpWard Flag Football. Sunday represented the very best of Wightman. Following our church’s charge conference, I walked across the road to see the…

Fourth Quarter

With the coming of the Fall season many people turn their attention to . . . . Football! South Carolina is a football-crazy state as evidenced by the passion the fans show for their favorite team. As I watch games on television, I sometimes see players huddling together at the end of the 3rd Quarter and they are all jumping up and down and holding up four fingers. This practice originated in the 1950’s with coach Bear Bryant at Alabama (my…

Christian Education at Wightman

While our public schools have been in session for a couple of weeks now, with the start of September it seems like we get more focused on education and learning. This is also true at Wightman Church. Every fall and spring, we hold some Christian education experiences to further your understanding of scripture and assist you in your walk with Christ. This fall our Tuesday evening Bible studies will begin on September 10. As in the past, a meal will…

Goals – From the Pastor

Dale Galloway, who was the Dean of the Beeson Institute when I was a student there, loved to talk about goal-setting. “When setting goals,” Dale would say, “Make sure they are out of reach, but not out of sight.” His point was we should never set for ourselves unrealistic goals that can never be attained. On the other hand, goals should force us to reach a bit. They should challenge us to grow and at times even struggle because the…

We are Standing On Holy Ground

I write this article having just returned from Israel. I am drawn to the Holy Land because of the Biblical stories of telling how God encountered His people in that place. Numerous times as we stood in places where our Savior walked we mentioned, “We are standing on holy ground.” In the second book of Kings, chapter 5, we read about a man named Naaman who was healed of his leprosy by the ministry of the prophet Elisha. After washing…

From the Pastor

Like most churches, Wightman had a great celebration of Easter. We did some things we have traditionally done, like the egg hunt. We did some new things, like Journey to the Holy Land. We also did some traditional things in new places, like sunrise service on the Langford Street property. It was great to see so many people coming together to make these things happen. During one event I overheard a person thank someone for their leadership, the one receiving the complement…

Toward the Resurrection

On the 21st of this month we will join with Christians all over the world to celebrate the risen Lord! Of course, we will be focusing on the resurrection passages in the gospels and looking at what happened at the tomb of Jesus on that first Easter morning. In the gospel of Matthew, the women come to the tomb to finish the job of anointing Jesus’ body for burial. When they get to the tomb they find an angel who tells…

Lent

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which is March 6 this year. Lent is the 40 days prior to Easter Sunday (not including Sundays) where the church focuses on repentance, fasting and preparation for Easter. It is a time when we focus on the cross—that torturous means of execution employed by the Romans. Why would anyone want to focus on the cross? The cross, of course is the place where Jesus died for the sins of the world…

Lenten Study – The Gospel of John

Christina Walker works for the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism. A couple of years ago she took part in a research project studying effective outreach of churches. The findings: The first and most important activity of effectively evangelistic churches is to offer a welcoming, inclusive environment most importantly on a Sunday morning. When I was coaching churches who had taken the Natural Church Development survey, not one church thought they were “unwelcoming” even though the survey, which they filled out, indicated…

Going Deep

In the fifth chapter of Luke Jesus tells the disciples to “put out in deep water.” The disciples are tired, they have fished all day and not caught anything. They really don’t want to spend the effort and energy only to come up empty once again. Yet, because Jesus asks them to, they obey and they experience a catch so miraculous it almost sinks their boats. Simon Peter’s response is to fall at the feet of Jesus. He realizes Jesus’…

Advent at Wightman UMC

Currently, we are in the advent season reflecting on and awaiting for the birth of our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ. There has been much preparation that has taken place in order for Wightman to experience this time of advent, which is all presented before God during our Sunday morning worship services. Each week the members of Wightman UMC have worked together to present their gifts to God.  During the first week, the youth reminded us how blessed we…

Presenting the Gospel Story in a Clear Way

With the coming of December, many people’s thoughts are focused on Christmas. The town of Prosperity has already started decorating, the stores have set out specialty items, parties will be aplenty and “goodwill” towards our brothers and sisters reaches a yearly high. Of course the church is no different. Without Christmas, the coming of God’s Son to earth, our worship of God and our relationship with Him would be quite different. I picked up a book this past week about…
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