Category: Michael Goings’ Columns

The personal reflections and commentary of Bishop Michael Goings, a well-known pastor and author, on local, state, national, and international issues

Choosing The Right Person

In my column last week, I focused my attention on the Republican candidate and front leader, Donald Trump. 

Bishop Allen McArthur: Finally, An Honest Man

Over twenty-three hundred years ago in the ancient city of Athens, Greece, tradition tells of a search for an honest man conducted in broad daylight with a lantern.  

The Rod

Recently, I witnessed a couple of young boys, who were around eleven years old, being very disrespectful and defiant in both their attitude and behavior.

The Marathon

Once upon a time when I was a cocky, conceited, and overconfident athlete in high school, I learned a valuable lesson that would last me a lifetime.  

Against The Odds

0 Columnist’s Note: I yield my space this week to Councilmen Archie Scott and Randy Goings. Against the Odds:  From Policeman to Politician By Councilman Archie Scott Dillon County Council The Policeman Born in 1967 in the rural area of Dillon County, I grew up in poverty.  My mother had only a third grade education…

The Power Of The Black Church

The Church has always been the nexus of the African-American community. From the earliest days of the American slave, the Church of the Black people was once considered the greatest seedbed, stabilizer, and strength, and stimulator of African-American culture.

Black History Month: What Americans Need To Know

I know there are those who will read this and will ask themselves, why is there still a need for a Black History Month after all these years of advancement for African Americans?  

You Can’t Take It With You

0 “And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:  And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?  And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater;…

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Man, The Movement, and The Monument

Not many days ago, I was privileged to meet and to have a brief conversation with a woman who was a personal friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

How To Succeed In A Place Like Dillon

One of the statements that I often hear from people who were brought up in Dillon and moved away (due to the lack of employment or career opportunities, cultural or entertainment establishments, and other perks and desirables) is “there is nothing in Dillon for me.”