Love the stranger, for you were strangers

On Sunday I preached about God’s call for us to love and welcome the stranger in light of the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe and around the world. Our scripture was Deuteronomy 10:12-22 with a focus on verse 19, “You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” As

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Love from the Center

This past Sunday, the Costa Rica VIM team shared their witness in church about their recent trip to Costa Rica Mission Projects. We had an amazing time serving at the Mission Center itself which will become a launching pad/host facility for other US volunteer teams as they work with churches and communities throughout southern Costa

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What is the Church?

Today at our weekly staff meeting, we discussed several quotes from theologians regarding the nature of the church. I just wanted to post these quotes here for your contemplation. Which quote most speaks to you? Which quote makes you feel most uncomfortable? Are there any quotes that you just simply disagree with? Let us know

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God Is Still Speaking,

Yesterday I preached about Peter’s unsettling and transforming vision at Joppa (Acts 10:9-48). This was a turning point for Peter (and the early Christian community) as he came to understand that the life-giving way of Jesus was not just for Jews only, but was also good news intended to include Gentiles, too. This required a

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Wilkens Ave. Children’s Backpacks

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop The 8am Service and the United Methodist Women help children on Wilkens Ave. begin the school year. Two weeks ago I received a phone call from Patty Lee who runs Angels of Addiction, a partner ministry on Wilkens Ave. Patty shared with me

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VIM Costa Rica Team Arrived Safely

On Saturday morning, August 8, we met for a 6am communion send-off in the SPUMC parking lot (where the team tried, unsuccessfully, to ditch their pastor) and embarked on a long day of travel which landed us at the Costa Rica Mission Projects’ Center in time for a fabulous dinner of authentic tacos that had

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50 Years of Music

On Sunday, August 9, we celebrated 50 Years of Music at SPUMC. Among other special moments, one noteworthy component was that we tried to keep the music of this service as close to the same as that first service, held on August 8, 1965, as we could. Here’s the bulletin from that first service. Maybe

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You’re Such a Martyr!

In my sermon this past Sunday, I encouraged all of us to consider the ways that we use the word “martyr” in popular parlance. Usually, when we call someone a martyr, we are referring to someone who may come off as a bit melodramatic, willing to perform (some) responsibilities and even act in sacrificial ways

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Who Are We?

In the most appropriate combination of band and song name, The Who sings “Who Are You?” Or, if you prefer movies to music… (If you’re a fan of action comedy, go watch Jackie Chan’s “Who Am I?”… it’s glorious.)

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