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Shandon College Ministry Student Named Rhodes Scholar

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Photo: Jory Fleming with his service dog Daisy at Shandon's annual food drive last spring (April 2016).

Shandon College Ministry student Jory Fleming was recently named a Rhodes Scholar.

Just 32 students across the country were awarded the prestigious scholarship, and Jory is now the tenth University of South Carolina student to receive the award.

We're so proud of Jory, not only because of his academic accomplishments, but also because he serves and loves the Lord with such enthusiasm and dedication. Jory, who has autism, refuses to let his diagnosis and physical disabilities limit his willingness to follow Christ, pursue academic excellence, and be a part of the body of Christ. He been a part of Shandon College Ministry throughout his 4 years at University of South Carolina and we're glad to have had the opportunity to be a part of his spiritual development.

After graduation this May, Jory plans to study at the University of Oxford in England.

Best of luck at Oxford next year, Jory! Continue to shine the light of Christ wherever He sends you.



Various national media outlets have picked up Jory's story:

The Wall Street Journal

As a toddler, Jory Fleming was fascinated by birds so his family got him a pet cockatiel. Before long, the once nearly nonverbal child was telling stories about his bird.


Rhodes Scholar’s Mother Helped Him With Autism Breakthrough

Jory Fleming is headed to Oxford, thanks to home schooling that tapped into his sense of curiosity






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Hard to swallow?

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"Love one another...", "Do not worry about tomorrow...", "Ask and you will receive..."

These are some of our favorite teachings of Jesus. They're comforting, right? Encouraging, yes?  


But what about these statements?

"If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters-yes, even their own life-such a person cannot be my disciple."


Luke 14:26

"But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart." 


Matthew 5:28


Did Jesus really mean what he said? Were they hyperbole? Let's face it...some of Jesus's teachings are, well, hard to swallow! 

Join us this Sunday for the kick-off of our January sermon series,  Hard to Swallow, as we look more in depth at some of the tough sayings of Jesus. 

(Psst...this is a great series to invite someone to join you!)

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