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What a Church Family Means to Teens

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Bear with me as I share this story from my last church. One Sunday one of our 8th grade boys showed up to church wearing a suit and a tie. I was wearing jeans that day (dress jeans for those who understand that fashion) and the practice for the rest of the staff is to rarely wear a tie. This boy's appearance was a shock to us, many whom have known him his entire life. So t...

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Lent Devotional 1

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This year during Lent, we are going to be offering mid-week online devotions. These devotions will consist of a piece of Scripture, a song, and a quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer'sDiscipleship. These will be available here on our blog and on Facebook, usually on noon on Wednesdays (although this week it is coming out on Thursday). Here on the blog we might include a bit mor...

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Adventures in the Bible: Moses

Our adventures through the Bible series finds us with Moses this week. For our purposes we pick up Moses as a young man shepherding his father-in-law's livestock. He sees a bush that is on fire but the bush is not consumed by the flames. Thinking this is an oddity he goes over to investigate. Then he hears a voice coming from the burning bush: the voice of God. God tells ...

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Adventures in the Bible: Joseph

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Another week, another adventure reading through the Bible. This week I read through the Joseph sequence of Genesis. Yes that' the guy who wears the amazing technicolor dream coat. It's another familiar story that I've read hundreds of times and yet a new detail caught my eye. Joseph was the youngest of his brothers. But Jacob/Israel, his father, loved him best. And his fa...

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Adventures in the Bible 1

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I have accepted a challenge from my Bishop calling me to read the whole Bible in 2017. Here is the first in a series of posts about my reflections from reading the Bible and the new insights the Holy Spirit is giving me....

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Meet Your New Worship Leader :)

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I’ve been a musician just about all of my life. At the age of six my father bought me a full drum set and required me to take lessons and practice every day, seven days a week for at least 30 minutes. I took lessons for three years and in that time probably never practiced for less than 90 minutes a day. Music was my sanctuary, even at age six. By the time I was ten year...

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What Is Charge Conference?

Our Charge Conference is October 23rd at Dumfries UMC at 2 pm. But what is Charge Conference? And who can/should attend? Charge Conference is the annual meeting of the church. There are multiple layers of church governance in the United Methodist Church with the local church, or "charge," at the grassroots level. Churches are bounded within a District (for us the Alexand...

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Why Church? A new sermon series!

Why do you go to church? Why should anyone go to church? In this day and age, it's not that strange of a question. No longer is it a given that people want to, will, or do attend church. Beyond that, coming to church takes considerable effort. You have to get up, get the kids up, get everyone ready, drive there, all to sit through an hour long service and go home. In the ...

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A Note on the Preaching Rotation

Matt Meisenhelter and I have felt a movement of the Spirit with respect to the preaching rotations between the two campuses. In order to communicate that movement and our thoughts, we've put them down each in our own words. MM: Because Spirit Life UMC had become such an exemplary and exceptionally fruitful new church plant, in 2015 our denominational leadership challenge...

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General Conference: What happened and what does it mean??

I wonder if Acts 15 could happen in the Age of Twitter. Christians disagreeing is not new. Christians meeting to discuss matters of disagreement is not new. It's happened pretty much from the start. The first members of the Church, the first people to be filled with the Holy Spirit were Jews. Members of God's Chosen People. But then the Holy Spirit started filling Gentil...

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