Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston, South Carolina

Sunday Worship

9:00 a.m.

The Chapel


11:15 a.m.

In the Sanctuary



Sunday School

10:00 a.m.


Communion Service

every first Sunday at

9:00 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.


May 24, 2015


Meeting people at their point of need, inviting all into a dynamic relationship with Christ



Join us for worship at 9:00 a.m. in the Chapel, 10:00 a.m. Sunday School, and worship at 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary.



Dear Friends in Christ,

Perrin Tribble, our Director of Education, has introduced me to a book that a midweek discipleship/fellowship group is considering engaging. They are considering Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge. The book, though independent, courses along a thematic stream that is becoming bedrock of my theological thinking. As NT Wright said, “Jesus, the Jesus we might discover if we really looked, – is larger, more, disturbing, more urgent than we had ever imagined.”

Here is what Eldredge says,

“It's a little ironic that in a sophisticated visual age like ours we still cling to a two-dimensional Jesus. Such is the power of the religious fog. I've been doing a good bit of reading in preparation for writing this book, and the chorus of voices when it comes to the personality of Jesus is unanimous. Everyone talks about his “great acts of humility, faith, and compassion.” What about his great acts of playfulness, or cunning? What about his brilliance, his wit, his irreverence, the scandalous freedom with which Jesus lives, his exasperation and impatience? Not to mention his humanity; we have nearly forgotten he was a man… the loss of personality confounds our imitation of Christ. What happens is, our particular brand of church seizes upon one or two of his virtues as the essence of Christ for us to follow. Justice. Mercy. Righteousness. Whatever. You cannot live a life on one quality any more than you can speak intelligently using one word. Meanwhile, we continue to sound on about the love and compassion of Jesus, like the village idiot banging one note on a piano. After a while, the world turns away. Can you blame them? Alas — if only Jesus’ followers shared his personality. That one shift alone would correct so many of the ridiculous and horrifying things that pass for popular Christianity.”

Dear dynamic, multifaceted, awe inspiring Jesus,

Create in us a curiosity to come to know you more completely, to witness to a skeptical and cynical society the exhilarating life you offer.





It's time for the opening of the "Seconds Please" Tea Room at Second Presbyterian Church.

Friday and Saturday, May 22 & 23 & May 29 & 30
Serving from 11 AM - 2 PM.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our Tea Room!



Feel called to join the Second Pres family? Have questions about Christianity or what it means to be a Presbyterian? Or maybe you just want a refresher on your faith? Sign up for our What We Believe/New Members Class in June. Meet for two Saturday mornings in June to explore how world religions compare to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Reformed history and theology, denominational distinctives, and what it means to be a member at Second Presbyterian Church. Contact Colin Kerr at for more information or to register.

Saturday, June 6th, 9:30am - First Class
Saturday, June 20th, 9:30am - Second Class
Sunday, June 28th, 10am - Wrap up & New Members Sunday



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