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Category: The Pastor’s Pen


Summer is often a time we feel like the pressures of the rest of the year are lessened a bit. While we will have less happening in the church over the summer, it is not nothing. In mid June, just after Father’s Day, is Annual Conference. Part of this gathering of United Methodist clergy and…
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On the Horizon

It is with much joy that I officially announce that I am projected to return to South Hill UMC for another year. While not “fixed” until Annual Conference in June, this is the action that we can expect. As we wrap up our fourth year (can you believe it?) together, I am excited about where…
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Who Are You Looking For?

15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him and I will get him.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabbouni” (which…
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13 If I speak in tongues of human beings and of angels but I don’t have love, I’m a clanging gong or a clashing cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and I know all the mysteries and everything else, and if I have such complete faith that I can move mountains but…
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Great Things

“In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior. He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant. Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored because the mighty one has done great things for me.”  Luke 1:47-49 Mary was honored and humbled to be the…
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11 Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see. 2 The elders in the past were approved because they showed faith. 3 By faith we understand that the universe has been created by a word from God so that the visible came into existence from the invisible.…
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I have to admit to you. I am weary. When I look around, I see wonderful work this church does in our community. That work is increasing as we live more fully into our mission of becoming instrumental to the life of the community. I see incredible work our United Methodist Church does on a…
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Brothers and sisters, I don’t want you to be ignorant about spiritual gifts. 2 You know that when you were Gentiles you were often misled by false gods that can’t even speak. 3 So I want to make it clear to you that no one says, “Jesus is cursed!” when speaking by God’s Spirit, and…
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Therefore, just as your heavenly Father is complete in showing love to everyone, so also you must be complete. Matthew 5:48 I just spent some time away at Pastor’s Convocation. This year’s focus was on John Wesley’s somewhat confusing and paradoxical doctrine of Christian Perfection. It seems that over time this doctrine has been misinterpreted…
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15 Brothers and sisters, I want to call your attention to the good news that I preached to you, which you also received and in which you stand. 2 You are being saved through it if you hold on to the message I preached to you, unless somehow you believed it for nothing. 3 I…
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