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

Contending To Be A Catalyst Of Constructive Change

As we enter into a brand new year, which will bring even more challenges and conflicts to our culture and country that is already beset by many intractable problems, each of us must give some serious thought to how we, as individuals, can help to remedy the problems and perplexities that have reached epidemic, or perhaps even pandemic proportions.

Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

I do not know when you will have the opportunity to read this material, whether it be before or after New Year’s Day; however, the things I am going to say here has to do with the reasons why the overwhelming majority of resolutions made by people concerning the New Year are never realized.  

Mitchell McKinley: The Quiet Man Who Made A Big Impact

We recently lost one of our most successful African-American entrepreneurs.  In my estimation, he was in a class by himself due to his great achievements as a businessman, church steward, and community involvement.  Regrettably, we (in the African American community of Dillon County) cannot boast or lay claim to having produced but a minute few men in the caliber of Mitchell McKinley.

The Isis Threat

As a person who has been privileged to travel to various parts of the globe, due to the mandate of God on my life to help fulfill the Great Commission, I naturally have flashbacks of those exotic places that I have visited when they are featured in the news.  

John Roundtree: A Man Larger Than Life

Occasionally, I come upon a story that is moving, remarkable, and worthy of sharing with others.  

Better Half

I constantly hear husbands and men refer to their “better half.”  Many married men use this informal term to reference their wives.  

Two People Who Had It All And Blew It

Routinely, when we read a story about people in the newspaper, it is a success story about some great achievement, except for the ones written about people who have committed a serious crime.

The White Presence In Newtown

Although it may be difficult to grasp now, there was once a time when many white people lived in New Town.  From all indications, whites were some of the first residents of New Town.  

Growing Old In Newtown

In my previous article, I shared my intentions to present to you some excerpts from my forthcoming autobiographical book, “Growing Old in New Town,” that is scheduled to be released this fall.  

What Will Real Preachers Do?

The Supreme Court has ordered that homosexuals be legally allowed and not forbidden to marry. At this time, religious organizations are exempt from marrying them.