The Pastor Theologian

How Context Influences Theological Implications and Applications of Preaching

  • Charlie Dates


Not long ago, Kirstie, Charlie, Claire and I stood on the grounds  of the McCloed Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. A plantation that began in 1858.
It is a majestic ground in a beautiful city; trees bending upon the waves of the wind across the anvil of time. Epic church structures of meticulous colonial architecture. It is a city that boasts of history both inglorious and majestic.
There we stood on that plantation, some 400 years after the first Dutch Slave ship arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, trying to reconcile the beauty of the Charleston churches and the horror of Charleston’s slavery.