Just Thinking... about Room at the Table

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ...   Recently one of the great United Methodist theologians, Dr. Ted Campbell, spoke at the World Methodist Conference in Houston.  “The question at this point is not whether we divide or not,” said Campbell, standing under a “One” sign that signified the unity theme of the conference. “That I fear is a given now.” To say the least, I was once again dumbfounded that we allow the negitivity of our world influence our life together as United Methodists. "Spliting" is the easy way ...

Just Thinking... Continuing to Learn

Dana Everhart


  Just Thinking ...   We never stop learning, and, if we do, it means we are dead. I have heard that tale most of my life. I heard it as my parents pushed me not to give up but to finish the homework. I heard it as I was crying over a scraped knee or cut hand from the one bandaging me up meaning, "Next time you won't do that, will you?!" I heard it from Brent Strawn when he tried to sell me on the idea of the Doctor of Ministry program. Some days I feel dead, but, hey, only a few more months, ...

A Serious Call

David Naglee


In his Plain Account of Christian Perfection, John Wesley wrote that early in his Oxford years as a student, “Mr. Law’s Christian Perfection and Serious Call were put into my hands.  These convinced me, more than ever, of the absolute impossibility of being half a Christian; and I determined, through His grace…to be all devoted to God, to give Him all my soul, my body and my substance.”  William Law’s contention in A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life was that “devotion…is a way of life ...

Just Thinking... About Our Labor

Dana Everhart


So you just came through another low Sunday in worship. Don't be discouraged or downcast. Don't let this get the better of you as a pastor. I invite you to reflect on this past holiday and to consider why it is we work so hard as well as why it is we need to have a day to honor the works of our hands?  Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength,...

Just Thinking... Life Verses

Dana Everhart


There was a period of time, not to long ago, that everyone was discovering their "life verses" from the scriptures. Everyone I knew in the church, both clergy and laity, were coming up with a verse of scripture that directed their life or talked about their life.  I jumped on the band wagon and searched the scriptures, andI came up with mine so as to not be left out. Joshua 29:11 became the verse I hung my life upon. It fit me well, and it did express my understanding of God's love, direction, ...

Just Thinking... Big Hearts


Just Thinking ... "A man with a big heart!" I heard this phrase over and over from those who came to witness to the life and ministry of Jeff Johnson. No, Jeff was not clergy, even though he studied at Candler School of Theology. Jeff was a lawyer and an excellent layperson at Briarcliff United Methodist Church. He was the person I was priviliged to work closest to as we continued to look for a future for Briarcliff. I can confirm for you that his heart was large and full of love for ...

Just Thinking... about Sharing


Just Thinking ... The third part of our Vision statement as a district lifts up the aspect of sharing. We believe that one of the best ways to proclaim the love of Jesus Christ is through our sharing.  This sharing takes on many forms.  We are encouraged to share our witness with others so that they, too, might know the saving love of Christ. We are asked to share our talents and gifts so that each congregation and the district as a whole will be poised to offer a relationship to all people. ...

Just Thinking... A "Can't Miss" Invitation

Dana Everhart


You are cordially invited to attend the  Service of Installation  for Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson on Sunday, September 18th  at 4:00 PM   The Service of Installation of Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson as episcopal leader of the North Georgia Conference will be held Sunday, September 18th, at 4 p.m. at Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta.  You are encouraged to attend this historic event which also marks the installation of the first female Bishop to serve as the episcopal leader of the North Georgia ...

Just Thinking... about Excellence in Worship

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ... Worship is still one of the chief portals for guests to enter the faith community, and it is for this reason we will be encouraging all pastors, lay leaders, worship leaders, musicans, greeters, ushers, and all others to make sure that, in the Atlanta Emory District, our worship is done with excellence. We vow to proclaim the love of Jesus Christ through our Worship as a district. It is not news to any of you that this one hour can be the make-or-break of whether a guest will...

Just Thinking... Exciting Days Ahead

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ... Time stands still for no one, not even the Church of Jesus Christ. Ours is a faith that continues to move forward, that continues to change shape and scope. Our faith is called to grow and develop into a perfected faith.  Over the last 5 years we have been blessed to study Bishop Robert Schnase' book, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. This is our last year as we conclude with the final chapter, "Extravagant Generosity." Our Cell Group Charge Conferences and our ...

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