http://www.ngumc.org Blog Posts RSS Blog Posts RSS en-us 12/7/2016 4:22:38 PM “More alike than unalike.” http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/6858917 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/6858917 I Was Thinking… During this Advent Season I share with you one of my favorite modern poems by Maya ... 12/6/2016 "Quotes and Sound-bites" http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/quotes-and-sound-bites-6774892 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/quotes-and-sound-bites-6774892 “Quotes and Sound-bites” I Was Thinking… There have been a few things I’ve read or heard lately that... 11/29/2016 Just Thinking... And Being Thankful http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-and-being-thankful-6730239 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-and-being-thankful-6730239 Yes, I'm thinking about how thankful I am to God for all God's goodness to me.  As is my tradition ... 11/21/2016 "Be Kind" http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/third-day-thoughts-6661111 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/third-day-thoughts-6661111   I Was Thinking… Abraham Heschel once wrote, “When I was young I admired clever people.  Now that ... 11/15/2016 Just Thinking... And Reflecting after the Election http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-and-reflecting-after-the-election-6660406 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-and-reflecting-after-the-election-6660406 I thought you might like to see a letter from Bishop Ough, President of the Council of Bishops, to ... 11/14/2016 Right Place at the Right Time http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/right-place-at-the-right-time-6595591 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/right-place-at-the-right-time-6595591 I Was Thinking… Does the name Steve Bartman mean anything to you?  If you are a baseball fan then ... 11/8/2016 Just Thinking ... About God's Generosity http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-gods-generosity-6597319 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-gods-generosity-6597319 When I think back over my life, I am blessed to see the hands of God showering me with the ... 11/7/2016 The Grass is Greener http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-grass-is-greener-6456794 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-grass-is-greener-6456794 The Grass is Greener I Was Thinking… “We live in a competitive society that focuses on making it.  ... 11/1/2016 Just Thinking... and Casting a Vote http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-and-casting-a-vote-6455345 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-and-casting-a-vote-6455345 Just Thinking ...   I voted! Yes, I left work on Wednesday a little bit early and made my way into ... 10/31/2016 Kitchen Table Conversations http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/kitchen-table-conversations-6392014 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/kitchen-table-conversations-6392014 I Was Thinking… I was reared in a United Methodist Local Pastor’s home.  My youngest memory is of ... 10/25/2016 Just Thinking... Crying over Spilt Milk? http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-crying-over-spilt-milk-6389339 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-crying-over-spilt-milk-6389339 Just Thinking ...   There is an old saying, "Don't cry over spilt milk."  The saying is an age-old ... 10/24/2016 Challenges Like This http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/challenges-like-this-6391999 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/challenges-like-this-6391999 I Was Thinking… The iconic legend Arnold Palmer died recently and for many there has been grief over... 10/18/2016 Just Thinking... Outreach and Teach? http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-outreach-and-teach-6345554 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-outreach-and-teach-6345554 It is almost Halloween. I am reading that many of our churches are planning outreach to the ... 10/17/2016 What Would Happen http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/what-would-happen-6260690 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/what-would-happen-6260690 There I sat in our family room glued to the television watching another Presidential Debate. All of ... 10/11/2016 Just Thinking... The New Look of Ministry http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-the-new-look-of-ministry-6240799 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-the-new-look-of-ministry-6240799 I was privileged to attend the Board of Ordained Ministry Quadrennial Training in Chicago this past ... 10/10/2016 Just Thinking... about Room at the Table http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-room-at-the-table-6045318 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-room-at-the-table-6045318 Just Thinking ...   Recently one of the great United Methodist theologians, Dr. Ted Campbell, spoke ... 9/19/2016 Just Thinking... Continuing to Learn http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-continuing-to-learn-5949916 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-continuing-to-learn-5949916   Just Thinking ...   We never stop learning, and, if we do, it means we are dead. I have heard ... 9/12/2016 A Serious Call http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/a-serious-call-5906232 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/a-serious-call-5906232 In his Plain Account of Christian Perfection, John Wesley wrote that early in his Oxford years as a ... 9/8/2016 Just Thinking... About Our Labor http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-our-labor-5849513 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-our-labor-5849513 So you just came through another low Sunday in worship. Don't be discouraged or downcast. Don't let ... 9/5/2016 Just Thinking... Life Verses http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-life-verses-5786568 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-life-verses-5786568 There was a period of time, not to long ago, that everyone was discovering their "life verses" from ... 8/29/2016 Just Thinking... Big Hearts http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-big-hearts-5685855 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-big-hearts-5685855 Just Thinking ... "A man with a big heart!" I heard this phrase over and over from those who came... 8/22/2016 Just Thinking... about Sharing http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-sharing-5623761 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-sharing-5623761 Just Thinking ... The third part of our Vision statement as a district lifts up the aspect of ... 8/15/2016 Just Thinking... A "Can't Miss" Invitation http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-a-cant-miss-invitation-5494947 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-a-cant-miss-invitation-5494947 You are cordially invited to attend the  Service of Installation  for Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson on ... 8/1/2016 Just Thinking... about Excellence in Worship http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-excellence-in-worship-5494662 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-excellence-in-worship-5494662 Just Thinking ... Worship is still one of the chief portals for guests to enter the faith ... 8/1/2016 Just Thinking... Exciting Days Ahead http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-exciting-days-ahead-5431937 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-exciting-days-ahead-5431937 Just Thinking ... Time stands still for no one, not even the Church of Jesus Christ. Ours is a ... 7/25/2016 Just Thinking... Answers to Prayers http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-answers-to-prayers-5368796 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-answers-to-prayers-5368796 God answers the prayers of a sinful person. Even when we fail God, God is faithful to us. The sin of... 7/18/2016 Just Thinking.... about Family http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-family-5287530 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-family-5287530 Just Thinking ... I want to thank each of you for the prayers offered up on my behalf when I shared... 7/11/2016 Just Thinking .... Starting Another Year Together http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/5077296 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/5077296 Just Thinking  ... On June 16th, I began my sixth year as your Superintendent. I remember the joy ... 6/20/2016 Just Thinking... Rainy Days and Mondays http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-rainy-days-and-mondays-5014470 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-rainy-days-and-mondays-5014470 Just Thinking  -  Rainy Days & Mondays I grew up in era when the music was not always easy to ... 6/13/2016 Just Thinking.... A Season of Slience and Prayer http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-a-season-of-slience-and-prayer-4843466 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-a-season-of-slience-and-prayer-4843466 JUST THINKING ... A Season of Silence and Prayer   Some of you have been blessed to serve as ... 5/23/2016 Just Thinking... Hope http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-hope-4779834 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-hope-4779834 JUST THINKING ... Hope In these days of conferencing where many voices are being heard and many ... 5/16/2016 Just Thinking... " After the Loving" http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-after-the-loving-4698747 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-after-the-loving-4698747 JUST THINKING ... "After the  Loving..." It all started in February with a couple of days here and... 5/9/2016 Just Thinking.... Dateline: Portugal http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-dateline-portugal-4635426 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-dateline-portugal-4635426 Bishop Watson asked David Naglee and me to represent him at  the 145th Synod of the Methodist Church... 5/2/2016 Assistant Pastor-Sugar Hill UMC http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/assistant-pastor-sugar-hill-umc-4508107 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/assistant-pastor-sugar-hill-umc-4508107 Sugar Hill UMC (Sugar Hill, GA) is looking to fill the position of Assistant Pastor. This person ... 4/25/2016 Just Thinking ...  "Have you heard who's going to ...." http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/4402803 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/4402803 Just Thinking ...  "Have you heard who's going to ...." "I Heard It Through The Clergy Grapevine" I ... 4/18/2016 Just Thinking... How Is It with Your Body and Soul? http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-how-is-it-with-your-body-and-soul-4340344 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-how-is-it-with-your-body-and-soul-4340344 "How is it with your body and soul?" This is the question that we, as Cabinet members, are asked ... 4/11/2016 Just Thinking... about General Conference http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-general-conference-4309277 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-general-conference-4309277 There are so many agenda items coming before our General Conference in May. Yes, you read correctly,... 4/4/2016 Just Thinking... Recognizing the Risen Jesus http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-recognizing-the-risen-jesus-4247634 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-recognizing-the-risen-jesus-4247634 Just Thinking  - From Courtney T. Ball as published in Ministry Matters You may not recognize ... 3/28/2016 Just Thinking... about Holy Week http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-holy-week-4184951 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-holy-week-4184951 Just Thinking  - Holy Week 2016   "To be deeply Christian is to know and to live out the conviction... 3/21/2016 Just Thinking... A Prophetic Word, Maybe? http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-a-prophetic-word-maybe-4140612 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-a-prophetic-word-maybe-4140612 Please, can we not stop the hate?!? I am so weary of our presidential campaigning and the attitude... 3/14/2016 Just Thinking... Continuing on the Lenten Journey http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-continuing-on-the-lenten-journey-4094543 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-continuing-on-the-lenten-journey-4094543 Just Thinking ...   How is your Lenten journey progressing? Are you still giving up what you gave ... 3/7/2016 Just Thinking... It's That Time of Year http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-its-that-time-of-year-4013426 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-its-that-time-of-year-4013426 It's the most wonderful time of the year With the SPRC not telling And everyone asking you "What do ... 2/29/2016 And Are We Yet Alive? http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/and-are-we-yet-alive-3885451 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/and-are-we-yet-alive-3885451 And Are We yet Alive?  “Leaving Bristol after preaching at five, in the evening I preached at ... 2/15/2016 Just Thinking... What Is Good Worship? http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-what-is-good-worship-3904411 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-what-is-good-worship-3904411 Allow me to bring us back to the topic of "What is good worship?"  I am enjoying my Doctoral studies... 2/15/2016 Just Thinking... and Celebrating Black History Month http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-and-celebrating-black-history-month-3873187 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-and-celebrating-black-history-month-3873187 February is Black History Month, and I hope you will take the time to reflect on the power and ... 2/8/2016 Just Thinking... about Mental Health Month http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-mental-health-month-3773007 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-about-mental-health-month-3773007 I have enough trouble keeping up with my wedding anniversary that I cannot not remember other dates ... 2/1/2016 Just Thinking... The Power of Prayer for General Conference http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-the-power-of-prayer-for-general-conference-3763717 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-the-power-of-prayer-for-general-conference-3763717 Love/Unity - Lord, I lift up our love for one another as a body. Help us purify ourselves by obeying... 1/25/2016 Just Thinking... and Asking "What is Good Worship?" http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-and-asking-what-is-good-worship-3759336 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-and-asking-what-is-good-worship-3759336 Just Thinking ... This week Dr. Ed Phillips asked my DMin cohort to consider a question for ... 1/18/2016 Just Thinking... New Beginnings and New Attitudes http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-new-beginnings-and-new-attitudes-3607059 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-new-beginnings-and-new-attitudes-3607059 I had a fantastic week! I was kind of dreading it, if I am to be honest with you. After all I had ... 1/11/2016 Just Thinking... and Praying for the New Year http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-and-praying-for-the-new-year-3468908 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-and-praying-for-the-new-year-3468908 Oh my soul I'll worship Your Holy name You're rich in love And You're slow to anger Your name is ... 1/4/2016
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