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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A Lot is Happening

…in the church right now. A lot that is and will make a difference in the lives of people. A lot that is important to the church. To begin with, last Tuesday, we had the Forum on Human Trafficking. As you know, the City of Atlanta and the surrounding suburbs...

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Courage and Hope for Uncertain Times

The first time I visited our church after having learned that the Bishop had appointed me to be your pastor was May 5, 2014. It would still be about six weeks before I would officially assume my responsibilities, but the announcement had already been made. The Church was having a...

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Radical Hospitality – In Action

At the first of the year, the church held a workshop on Radical Hospitality. A team of leaders from the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City came to share with us what they do and invited us to reflect on critical questions related to how we reach...

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Last Weekend, Next Weekend, and Next Weekend

Last Sunday morning, immediately following the 11:05 a.m. worship service, I had a conversation with someone who has spent all of her life in this church. During the course of the conversation, she said something to the effect, “Dan, in a few years, I think we’re going to look back...

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