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

Amen To Good Manners Commentary

I want  to shout  out a big AMEN in response to Bishop Michael Goings’ commentary  in the paper. He said it all when it comes to manners and respect.

Good Manners Matter

I know that when my son reads this, he will most likely be a bit embarrassed due to the fact that the idea for this commentary was birthed as a result of a conversation that he and I recently had.  

An Honest Man

Tradition has it that a certain Greek philosopher in the city of Corinth named Diogenes went about the city in broad daylight with a lighted lantern in search of an honest man.

Advice For Graduates

If I had to share a word with the graduation Class of 2013, it would be the following.  You have entered a stage of your life that can be classified as a new beginning.  

Never Give Up

I recently became more vividly aware of a courageous struggle that is being waged by a man with whom I am quite familiar.  His name is Terry White, and he served (when he was able) as a deacon in our church in Florence. 

Good And Bad Mothers

With Mother’s Day being just a few days away, I thought it very appropriate and timely to make some comments on what is arguably the most essential and influential human position in our culture.

A Living Institution Within An Institution

In all actuality, this commentary started forty-eight years ago, when a man from Latta, South Carolina, fresh out of Morris College, came to Dillon School District Two as a social studies teacher. Little did he realize at the time that he would stay in one school district for so long and would become one of its most beloved and enduring teachers; a living institution within an institution.

Mr. President, I Respectfully Disagree

That which I have always feared has happened. In all sincerity, I knew it was coming before it came.

Against All Odds: The Samuel Ndikumana Story

It was in August of 2009, when I first met Samuel Ndikumana, who I refer to as “Sammy.”