Several years ago, I was involved in a small group within the church I was serving at the time. I had grown up in a church and I had been working at this particular church for about seven years prior to connecting with this group. There were about 7-8 people in the group that included men, women, married people, single … More Transformation Happens Best in Community!
One of the best parts in my job sharing the sacred and holy moment of baptism with an individual. There is something incredible that surrounds the mystery of baptism, and I love when I can talk with someone about that mystery and what we experience through this holy sacrament. It’s a beautiful thing when someone … More Initiated…Incorporated…Given New Birth!
Thank you to EVERYONE who helped with one or more of our Christmas Eve services! We had over 250 people worship with us at one of our four services, and it was an AMAZING time of worship and celebration that would not have been possible without the many people involved. From musicians to greeters to … More We’ve Only Just Begun
Have you ever been overcome with excitement and joy about a gift you have received? I can remember one Christmas when I received a toy that I had wanted more than anything else. After opening gifts of socks and pajamas, I could hardly contain my excitement when I finally received the gift I had wanted. … More In Exelsis Deo!
It’s hard to not get excited about this time of year. Everywhere you look, people are in a good mood; it is socially acceptable to walk down the street and sing Christmas songs; kindness and generosity are visible all around the community; and everyone is looking forward to something big. In some ways, perhaps this … More Rejoice! Rejoice!
A long, long time ago (in a galaxy not so far away), there was a society of people looking for hope. These people had been ostracized, alienated, and persecuted by others — including their own government. But their hope for a better world allowed them to keep going in spite of the trials and tribulations … More The Hope of the World
For the last few Sundays, we have been talking about biblical stewardship through the lens of John Wesley’s three simple financial rules: “Earn all you can…Save all you can…Give all you can.” On Sunday, we will conclude this series with a time of commitment and renewal of our commitment to give in support of the … More Why Do We Give To The Church?
This past week, I officiated the funeral for a very close family friend who died last weekend. It was a one of the most difficult services I have done, but it was a tremendous honor for me to be involved in his service. Frank was not just a family friend, but he was one of … More A Salute To Our Veterans
Shortly after I received my calling into ministry, I was visiting with my grandmother in Macon. She handed me a notebook she had kept for many years filled with old church bulletins, newsletters, and newspaper clippings. She had made notes about sermons she had heard preached, scriptures that inspired her, and life moments when she … More Remembering the Saints
A few weeks ago, I heard a comment from one of our members that I believe describes our current situation at Royston First UMC. “We are going to have to stretch ourselves if we ever want to grow as a church.” This comment put into words a feeling I have long held to be true. … More Stretching For Growth