Shaping Lives That Shape Lives!

This Sunday is Youth Sunday at the church. Our youth will be leading much of the service, providing the message, and helping to serve the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. I can’t begin to tell you how much I am looking forward to worship this week. Just thinking about it,...

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We’re All In It Together

In the last few days, I have once again been reminded of what a remarkable church we have here at DUMC. So much gets done behind the scenes and so many lives are touched in ways that only occasionally become visible, but nevertheless reflect the love of Christ. Earlier this...

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No Two Days Alike

Shortly after I felt God calling me into the ministry, I attended a seminar for those persons interested in learning more about what it meant to be an ordained pastor. Three ministers from the North Georgia Conference, all with many years of experience, shared some of their insights and offered...

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Emmett Cahill Concert

I am excited. On Sunday, April 29, Emmet Cahill performs at DUMC in a benefit concert to provide counseling resources for young people in the Dunwoody area. Emmet Cahill is an internationally known singer. As a soloist, he has performed at the Gaiety Theatre, the National Concert Hall, Croke Park...

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I Hope You Love Easter Too

Preachers love Easter. Yes, this time of the year often gets busier than other times of the year. Yes, there are all sorts of special services that require additional preparation. Yes, you have a lot more things you have to keep straight in your mind. But… and for preachers this...

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Those Eight Days

Each year about this time, our clergy meet with the young people who have spent the last seven months or so in Confirmation Class. It is our chance to have a conversation with them and make sure they know what they are about to do when they join the Church...

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Finding A Way Forward

More and more people have started asking me the question, “What is the United Methodist Church going to decide about the issue of homosexuality?” They are referring to the impending decision that will be made by the special called session of General Conference in February 2019 to deal with this...

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I Will Miss Him!

I am going to miss Rev. Billy Graham. I am told that in the early years he had a reputation for being a hell-fire and damnation preacher. I don’t know. That was before my time. What I do know is that in my lifetime he grew into a giant of...

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A Few of My Thoughts

As you know, this weekly article is entitled, “Reflections.” It is given that name because it is my opportunity as your Senior Minister to share with you some of the things that are on my heart. I know that not all of you agree with everything I write. I suspect...

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I Love the Church!

One of my favorite hymns is not a particularly well-known hymn. It is familiar to most, but not one that you often hear people identify among their top ten. It is the hymn, I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord. It was written by Timothy Dwight back in 1801 and speaks to...

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