About Jeff

Pastor of Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia.

Christmas Eve Homily 2018

Jeff Garrison Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve 2018 John 1:1-14 Throughout Advent, we’ve been reading traditional seasonal passages about the coming and birth of Christ using the various Christian traditions outlined by Richard Foster in Streams of Living Water … Continue reading

A Blessing

A blessing for Walt and Carol  Walt and Carol, when you first came here, I am sure you had no idea what this place would hold: the joy and laughter, the celebration of holidays, the seriousness of the study of … Continue reading

Be Generous

Jeff Garrison  Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church  2 Corinthians 8:1-15 November 18, 2018  Today, I want us to look at Paul’s second letter to the church in Corinth. The Corinthian letters show us that conflict within a Christian community isn’t something … Continue reading

God will be with us

Jeff Garrison Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church Acts 22:30-23:11 August 5, 2018   How do we sustain ourselves when we feel compiled to stand up for the truth when others around disagree? Our passage today answers this question. Paul is about … Continue reading

Two Poems

For the last few years I have been a part of a writer’s group, the Peacock Guild, that meets in the childhood home of Flannery O’Conner.  Every year we hold a public reading on a Sunday afternoon. It’s the last … Continue reading

Soup from the garden

Last Wednesday evening was the final Bible Study class until fall. During these classes, someone volunteers to make soup and provide bread for a simple meal. As I am teaching, I don’t often volunteer, but as we were coming toward … Continue reading

Nicodemus visits at night

Jeff Garrison   Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church May 27, 2018 John 3:1-17               In the liturgical calendar, today is Trinity Sunday. The Trinity, like God, cannot be fully understood by those of us who are mere mortals. It’s a mystery. … Continue reading

Pentecost 2018

Jeff Garrison Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church Ezekiel 37:1-14 May 20, 2018 I pretty much thought I had the sermon all together Friday. Then, after the wonderful preschool graduation, I came home and learned about the latest school shooting. These have … Continue reading

Two Roads

Jeff Garrison Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church May 13, 2018 Psalm 1   We’re exploring the very first Psalm today. Before we get to the Scripture, I want talk a bit about Psalms. Whenever I’ve preached from the Psalms, I’ve tried … Continue reading

Kirkin 2018

Jeff Garrison Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church Psalm 85 April 15, 2018   On this Sunday in which we celebrate our Scottish heritage, let me speak a bit about the Reformation in Scotland. Unlike the Swiss, German and English Reformations that … Continue reading

Christ the King

Jeff Garrison Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church  November 26, 2017 Ezekiel 34:11-24[1]   Today is Christ the King Sunday. That may not mean much to those of us who grew up in non-liturgical churches. After all, Christ should be our king … Continue reading

Scripture Alone

Jeff Garrison Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church October 22, 2017 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5   Over the past couple of decades there have been debates over the visible presence of the Ten Commandments in public places like courthouses. This has brought out … Continue reading

A New Logo

A New Logo The Session of Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church has adopted a new logo for our congregation.  The logo includes our name, wavy lines representing water, the cross and the sign of the Trinity which together form a tree.  … Continue reading

James 5:7-20

Jeff Garrison Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church James 5:7-20 July 23, 2017   It’s always bittersweet coming to an end. This is my last sermon from the Epistle of James, at least for a while.  We’ve covered this Epistle thoroughly.  At … Continue reading

Satisfied: Identity Shift

Jeff Garrison Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church October 30, 2016 Ephesians 1:3-14          Our topic this week, in our all-church study of Jeff Manion’s book, Satisfied: Discovering Contentment in a World of Consumption, is identity shift.  When we are adopted into … Continue reading

Satisfied: Comparison

Jeff Garrison Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church October 23, 2016 Matthew 20:1-16     This is our second week of looking at topics found in the book Satisfied: Discovering Contentment in a World of Consumption.  Last week we talked about enrolling … Continue reading

Pentecost 2016

  Jeff Garrison Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church  Genesis 11:1-9 May 15, 2016   I attended a 6 AM worship service when I was in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2011.   Between Easter and Pentecost, this congregation hosted predawn worship services every morning, … Continue reading

Worshiping Jesus

Jeff Garrison Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church  John 12:1-8 March 13, 2016   There is a Peanut’s comic strip where Charlie Brown approaches Lucy about the problem of world hunger.  Lucy shrugs her shoulder in implied indifference.  Charlie Brown then goes … Continue reading

The Stars are the Limit

Jeff Garrison Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church February 21, 2016 Genesis 15   Friday evening and Saturday was the Presbytery’s “Leadership Development” Conference.  This year’s keynote speaker was Michael Jenkin’s, the president of Louisville Theological Seminary.  After one of his lectures, … Continue reading

Acts 2:37-47

Jeff Garrison Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church Acts 2:37-47 May 31, 2015   On the church calendar, today is Trinity Sunday.  I’m not really preaching on the mystery of the Trinity except that in our story we see all three persons … Continue reading

Pentecost 2015

Jeff Garrison Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church May 24, 2015 Pentecost Sunday:  Acts 2:1-16     When I was in seminary, Ken, a fellow student from Japan, found America’s “alternative newspapers” worthy of his attention.  I am speaking of the papers … Continue reading

A Covenant

On Sunday, September 28, I will begin a five part sermon series that will focus on the five parts of “shared ministry” that is outlined in my covenant with the Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church.  In preparation for beginning this journey, I … Continue reading

Published Writings

“Heavenly Peace: ‘Silent Night’ Turns 200” The Skinnie 16 #26 (December 21, 2018)

“Cumberland Island” The Skinnie 16 #25 (December 7, 2018)

“Keys’ to Contentment: A Visit to the Dry Tortugas” The Skinnie 16 #15 (July 20, 2018)

“The Sun Will Come Out: Easter Sunrise Services,”The Skinnie 16 #6 (March 16, 2018).

Trout Lake,” The Trackside Photographer (February 8, 2018), online magazine.

“Faith and Fortitude” with Dee Angell, The Skinnie 16, #2 (January 19, 2018).

“Listen Up: International Speakers Series Comes to Skidaway” The Skinnie 15 #26 (December 2017).

“A Visit to Carter CountryThe Skinnie 15 #23 (November 17, 2017).

“500 Years of Christian ReformationThe Skinnie 15 #20 (October 6, 2017).

A Pilgrimage to Iona” The Skinnie 15 #19 (September 22, 2017).

“Kirkin’ of the Tartans,” The Skinnie, 14, #9, (April 29, 2016).

“A Square Deal: The Sacred Harp,” The Skinnie, 13, #24, (November 27, 2015).

“Moving the Church,” Presbyterians Today, 105, #8, (November/December 2015).

“A Moravian Love Feast,” The Skinnie, 12, #26, (December 19, 2014).

“Comstock Christmas,” Nevada Magazine (Online Edition, November-December 2009)

“A Tribute to a Friend,” The Presbyterian Outlook (22 October 2007).

“Visitors and Villagers Experience Help and Hope in Honduras,The Presbyterian Outlook (20 August 2007).

“Bringing In Sheaves: The Western Revivals of the Reverend A. B. Earle, 1866-1867,”
American Baptist Quarterly XXXV, #3 (Fall 2006), 247-272.

“Writers’ Group,” The Spectrum, St. George, UT (I wrote 25 opinion columns between January 2002 and January 2004, every fourth Friday).

“What Commandments Mean Is More Important than a Slab of Granite,” The Presbyterian
Outlook, September 29, 2003.

“Santa Claus, Coca-Cola and the Strip,” Presbyterian Outlook, 181, #42 (20 December 1999).

“Bright Ideas: Stone Soup Stewardship,” Presbyterians Today, 89 #6 (October 1999).

Book Review of Winning the West for Christ: Sheldon Jackson and Presbyterianism on the
Rocky Mountain Frontier, 1869-1880 by Norman Bender. Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, 40, #2 (Summer 1997).

“Mark Twain: A Dusty Christian,” Presbyterians Today, 87, #6 (July/August 1997).

Book Review of My Life on Mountain Railroads by William Gould. Nevada Historical Society
Quarterly 39, #3 (Fall 1996).

Book Review of Religion and Society in Frontier California and California Spiritual Frontiers:
Alternative in Anglo-Protestantism.” Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 38, #4 (Winter 1995).

Of Ministers, Funerals, and Humor: Mark Twain of the Comstock,” Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 38, #3 (Fall 1995).

“Halloween: Celebrating what is Good,” The Daily Spectrum, St. George, UT, (27 October

“Encountering God along the Appalachian Trail,” Presbyterian Survey 85, #1 (January/February 1995).

“Naming the Unspeakable: The Church and Family Violence,” The Daily Spectrum, St. George, UT, (8 October 1994).

Book Review of Presbyterian Missions and Culture Interaction in the Far West, 1850-1950 by Mark Banker, Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 37, #3 (Fall 1994).

David Henry Palmer: A Pastoral Baptism in the Mining West,” American Presbyterians:
Journal of Presbyterian History 72, #3 (Fall 1994)

“How the Devil Temps Us to Go Aside from Christ: First Presbyterian Church, Virginia City,
Nevada: 1862-1867,” Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 36, #1 (Spring 1993).