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Adventures in the Bible 1


I have accepted a challenge from my Bishop calling me to read the whole Bible in 2017. Here is the first in a series of posts about my reflections from reading the Bible and the new insights the Holy Spirit is giving me....

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What Is Charge Conference?

Our Charge Conference is October 23rd at Dumfries UMC at 2 pm. But what is Charge Conference? And who can/should attend? Charge Conference is the annual meeting of the church. There are multiple layers of church governance in the United Methodist Church with the local church, or "charge," at the grassroots level. Churches are bounded within a District (for us the Alexand...

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Why Church? A new sermon series!

Why do you go to church? Why should anyone go to church? In this day and age, it's not that strange of a question. No longer is it a given that people want to, will, or do attend church. Beyond that, coming to church takes considerable effort. You have to get up, get the kids up, get everyone ready, drive there, all to sit through an hour long service and go home. In the ...

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A Note on the Preaching Rotation

Matt Meisenhelter and I have felt a movement of the Spirit with respect to the preaching rotations between the two campuses. In order to communicate that movement and our thoughts, we've put them down each in our own words. MM: Because Spirit Life UMC had become such an exemplary and exceptionally fruitful new church plant, in 2015 our denominational leadership challenge...

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General Conference: What happened and what does it mean??

I wonder if Acts 15 could happen in the Age of Twitter. Christians disagreeing is not new. Christians meeting to discuss matters of disagreement is not new. It's happened pretty much from the start. The first members of the Church, the first people to be filled with the Holy Spirit were Jews. Members of God's Chosen People. But then the Holy Spirit started filling Gentil...

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Welcome to the Conversation

Why do you have a blog? At the outset that's probably a good question to ask. Why would a church website have a blog feature? Why would the pastors and leaders of that church blog? Why are we doing this? Why are we contributing precious time that could be spent doing any number of others things that need doing in the church writing frequent blog posts? (At this point I r...

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