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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Moving Forward Together

Standing just inside the threshold of a new year, I am genuinely excited about what lay ahead. In one sense, for me it started out right. It might have slipped under your radar screen, but on New Year’s Day, the Georgia Bulldogs beat the Oklahoma Sooners in a nail-biter, and...

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Christmas Traditions

When talking to people, it is not uncommon to find that many…in fact, probably most…have annual Christmas traditions. It may involve opening one gift on Christmas Eve and saving the rest for the next morning, large family get togethers, or even going to an assisted living home to sing Christmas...

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What Makes Christmas, Christmas?

As I write this, it is still a bit early in the morning. The sun is only just beginning to wake up. I am sitting in what my wife and I call “the library” of our home. Across from me, in the center of the cabinetry that hold some of...

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The Language of Music

In the early 1870’s Josiah Holland penned these words: There’s a song in the air! There’s a star in the sky! There’s a mother’s deep prayer and a baby’s low cry! And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing, For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King! Josiah...

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Helping Make A Difference

Tomorrow is the Holiday Festival. I remember the first Holiday Festival I attended. It was five years ago. I was not yet the pastor of this great Church. Instead, I was serving as the District Superintendent of the Atlanta- Roswell District. I had planned to take Carol to the mountains...

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