Do you remember the childhood game where two contenders battled each other until finally one had to say, “I give?” While one was forced to admit defeat because of pain or exhaustion, the other gloated over his win. As we have grown away from childhood, we still recognize the truth of this game. In real life, there are winners and losers. Everybody doesn’t get his own way, and life isn’t always fair. Sometimes the wrong person will win, and sometimes the innocent person will lose.
The Valdosta State University Wesley Foundation’s disciple-making efforts got a boost when they were awarded a three year, $30,000 challenge grant from the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. to support their intern program. With the grant about to enter its third and final year, the Wesley Foundation needs to raise the remainder of the $30,000 by December 2012 in order to receive the matching funds.
There's long been talk of the "graying" of United Methodist congregations, but the same can now be said of its pastors.
Members of the South Georgia Conference Leadership Forum heard some challenging news about the financial condition of the South Georgia Conference at their September meeting, held in Macon.
Even as they mourn the loss of their church building, members of Calvary United Methodist Church are facing the future with faith and hope.
The Sermon on the Mount contains much wisdom and direction on how we are to live, and the Beatitudes, a traditional and not scriptural term, are at the sacred core of New Testament teaching. Some scholars translate “blessed” as “happy.” The concept of happiness is difficult to understand. Some would say that happiness is getting what you want. Others would say it is what you ma
The Sermon on the Mount material is taught in the context and common experience of our faith community. The collection of parables and lessons instructs disciples both now and then how to live as people of God in the world. There is a strong temptation to segregate our living. We have one self at work or in public. We have another persona in our home life, and maybe a different self when we are at church. The new avenues of social media on the Internet give people yet another voice and perception. Each of these different masks or layers is shaped by different relationships and contexts. The heart of the lesson this week is working to live and be with everyone the same true self we are before God.