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

The Challenge Of Being Biracial In A Culture Of Ethnic Division

Before I get into the crux of my subject, I want to make a preliminary assertion that has a bearing on my article today. Both my wife and I are the result of a biracial lineage.

Honoring Mothers Both Deceased and Alive

As I look back in retrospect at the decades that I have contributed and considered issues, ideas, and individuals in my weekly column in The Dillon Herald, arguably, one of my most anticipated and favorite subjects has pertained to mothers and Mother’s Day.

Gone With The Wind

The mega movie, starring Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh, Gone with the Wind, was adopted from a novel by Margaret Mitchell. Most do not know that the novelist gleaned that saying from a poet named Earnest Dowson.

The Miracle and Message on the Roof

Our Annual Fellowship of Interdependent Churches International (F.O.I.C.I.) Leadership Conference convened on March 15, 2023. There were a few delegates who had already arrived from South Africa, Kenya, and India.

The Danger of Taking Unnecessary Risks

Like many of the topics I consider and briefly comment on in my weekly column, this article today came through seeing an individual take an unnecessary risk that could have been detrimental or even deadly to himself and others.

Beware of the Ides of March

In my column today, I am going back to when I was a sophomore at Gordon High School under the oversight and instruction of Mrs. Lucille Cheeks Belin.

Late Bloomers In The Prime Of Life

My column today is semi-autobiographical and geared toward people, like me, who are past the official retirement age. I have, long before I reached my present age of seventy-one, known and believed that I would be a late bloomer.


At the very end of my column last week, I concluded with a section devoted to prayer. I want to pick up where I stopped. However, I will delve deeper into the issue of prayer in today’s column.

Getting Along with People Who Are Difficult to Get Along With

True to form, like many of my ideas to consider and comment on in this column, come from listening or talking to other people. My topic today came precisely that way.

Profound and Thought-Provoking Sayings by Great African-Americans

I am going to present and briefly expound on a few very profound, prudent, and timeless sayings by some very prominent African Americans in my column today.