Revised Social Principles

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As many of you are aware, over the years The United Methodist Church has expressed its understanding of how the gospel impacts our ethical choices in a document called the Social Principles. The Social Principles comprise one section of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, our denomination’s official rule book. At the 2016 General Conference it was … Read More

Standing Up…

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Monday evening I was a guest speaker at a fellowship/support group for LGBTQ United Methodists and their allies in Lewisville. They were all delightful people and provided me with warm hospitality and some of the best chocolate cookies I’ve ever tasted! I shared with them some of my journey and struggle going through the ordination process. One of the attendees, … Read More

What is a Charge Conference?

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Our annual Charge Conference will be this coming Sunday, 5:00 pm, at First UMC Duncanville. I encourage any and all members and constituents of Trinity UMC to attend. It will be a time of information, fellowship, and celebration for the Metro District, led by our District Superintendant Rev. Debra Hobbs Mason. We will end with worship, including Holy Communion. Attendance … Read More

Pastor’s Study Starts October 16

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The new Pastor’s Study begins next Wednesday, October 16, at 7:00 pm. It will meet continually, with occasional short breaks around holidays. We will explore a number of different topics, beginning with a survey of the gospel of Luke. Luke is my favorite gospel. It is the only gospel where we find many of our most beloved Bible passages and … Read More

The Future of The UMC

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After three days of presentations, workshops, strategy sessions, and networking, I am no more certain of the future of The United Methodist Church than when I left for last week’s conference in Kansas City. But I have made the following observations. 1) Virtually everyone throughout the denomination agrees that we cannot continue as we have been. Regardless of one’s theological … Read More

Pastor’s Study

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I am out of town this week. I am attending the UMC Next conference in Kansas City to explore the future of The United Methodist Church. I’m looking forward, however, to the start of my Pastor’s Study beginning Wednesday, October 16, at 7:00 pm. We will be starting with a study of the Gospel of Luke (my favorite!). I hope … Read More

UMC Next

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Next week I will be in Kansas City for a very important meeting. Clergy and laity from throughout The United Methodist Church will gather at Church of the Resurrection (pastored by Adam Hamilton) to discuss the future of the denomination. We have just passed the deadline to send in proposed legislation to be considered at the next General Conference in … Read More

Our Brother’s Blood

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As you exit the exhibition area in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., you come to a meditation space with two Bible verses inscribed into the walls. The first verse is Genesis 4:10, which is from one of this Sunday’s sermon texts: What have you done? Listen; your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the … Read More

New Communication Team Forms

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Nothing changes faster these days than the worlds of technology, internet, and social media. Before you can understand the latest technological breakthrough, another one takes its place! It’s enough to make your head swim! Yet it remains vitally important to keep up with the latest trends in order to remain relevant in this world. To that end, we have formed … Read More

Unapologetic: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Lives

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“Unapologetic: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Lives” New Sermon Series Starts Sept. 8 Current studies tell us that only about half of the U.S. population are members of religious congregations. Only about a quarter are regularly active in those congregations. That means that most Americans don’t think that regular religious practice adds much to the quality of their lives. … Read More