Holy Week 2019

In the life of the Church, next week is Holy Week. It is the most important week of the year. It starts on Sunday with what is known as Passion Sunday. On that day we recall both Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, but also the fact that by Friday, it...

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Questions and Answers!

While in a meeting the other day, someone asked me a question; the answer to which I assumed was obvious. She asked, “Is our church going to follow the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church?” She was referring to the book that contains the policies, procedures, practices and...

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Spring Season!

Last Wednesday afternoon, someone greeted me with the words, “Happy spring!” Then she corrected herself. She said, “Well, actually it will be spring at 5:58 p.m. this afternoon.” I was impressed. With everything else in life happening, I hadn’t kept up with when the March Equinox would take place and...

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A Pastoral Letter for Unity

Dear Members and Friends, We pray this letter finds you well. As you know, the response to General Conference in St. Louis, February 23-26, has presented many challenges for our denomination and for us here at Dunwoody United Methodist Church (DUMC). As a clergy team, our hearts go out to...

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Be Kind Because…!

At the end of my sermon in the two services I preached last Sunday, I quoted some words from a retired minister and friend of mine, Mike Selleck.  I mentioned that Mike uses these words as a benediction after he preaches or after he has some done some teaching. This...

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Riding Out a Storm!

On the wall of my office, I have a framed copy of Rembrandt’s “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee.” It depicts that passage of Scripture when the disciples were in the boat and a storm arose. In the picture, the sky is dark and ominous. The waves are high....

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General Conference

As you no doubt know, the special called General Conference to deal with issues related to human sexuality and more specifically homosexuality ended on Tuesday. On Wednesday I sent the following letter to the Congregation, but for those of you who did not see it, I also wanted to include...

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A Prayer for General Conference

As you are probably aware, this Saturday, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church will begin meeting in special session to hear a report from The Commission on the Way Forward as authorized by the Council of Bishops. The report deals with matters of human sexuality and more specifically...

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2019 Called General Conference of the United Methodist Church

Dunwoody UMC has a long history of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We are one congregation of a larger denomination of United Methodists. United Methodists are spread throughout the world and are connected by missions, traditions, Wesleyan theology and heritage and covenant. However, over...

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Have I Told You About…?

Last Monday night, we had our bi-monthly Church Council meeting. It was the first one of the New Year, so we did a little bit of reflecting on the last year. We talked about the sort of things you always talk about in these meetings: the budget, attendance, membership, staff...

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