http://www.ngumc.org Blog Posts RSS Blog Posts RSS en-us 2/21/2017 2:45:37 PM Change First http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/change-first-7546706 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/change-first-7546706 I Was Thinking… Several years ago Sharon and I had the opportunity to travel to London, England.  ... 2/21/2017 Just Thinking... Ending Strong http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-ending-strong-7546398 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-ending-strong-7546398 I'm hoping to end strong.  There is so much happening, and so many things to accomplish. My heart ... 2/20/2017 ‘Spectacular’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/7517854 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/7517854 I Was Thinking… So how was your Monday?  Mine was spectacular.  Not to brag but I spent the morning... 2/14/2017 Just Thinking...Reflections from the Holy Land http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-reflections-from-the-holy-land-7517546 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-reflections-from-the-holy-land-7517546 Just Thinking ...  The Holy Land is full of emotions for me. I was here 19 years ago with Bishop ... 2/13/2017 Agony of Defeat http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/agony-of-defeat-7474471 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/agony-of-defeat-7474471 Agony of Defeat I Was Thinking… Why am I so depressed over a football game?  I remember the theme ... 2/7/2017 Rise Up! http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/7397363 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/7397363   I Was Thinking…   Who’d a thunk it?  That’s a phrase I’ve heard throughout my life.  I know it is ... 1/31/2017 Just Thinking... So Many Things... http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-so-many-things-7435907 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-so-many-things-7435907   Just Thinking... My brain is overrun with an assortment of thoughts today. I think I must have ... 1/30/2017 Just Thinking... Towards a Dimly-lit Future http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-towards-a-dimly-lit-future-7385517 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-towards-a-dimly-lit-future-7385517 As I write this I am looking out my hotel window at Epworth By The Sea. We have completed three days... 1/23/2017 Our Worst Storms http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/our-worst-storms-7385938 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/our-worst-storms-7385938 Our Worst Storms I Was Thinking… What is the worst storm you’ve ever experienced?  Some have been ... 1/23/2017 "Peace On Earth" http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/peace-on-earth-7320873 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/peace-on-earth-7320873 “Peace on Earth”   I Was Thinking…   What is the difference between a “peace-maker” and a “... 1/17/2017 Just Thinking... Living into a Dream http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-living-into-a-dream-7321970 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-living-into-a-dream-7321970 The Cabinet, along with the Committee on Religion and Race and the Board of Ordained Ministry, ... 1/16/2017 ‘A Billy Sook’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/7238667 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/7238667 ‘A Billy Sook’ I Was Thinking… With the twelve days of Christmas just completed I find myself ... 1/10/2017 Just Thinking... Change http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-change-7218840 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-change-7218840 They have said that the only one who likes change is a wet baby, but I disagree. While change may be... 1/9/2017 "Slow Down and Pay Attention" http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/slow-down-and-pay-attention-7172829 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/slow-down-and-pay-attention-7172829 “Slow Down and Pay Attention” I Was Thinking… K-Mart Department Stores used to have the ‘blue ... 1/3/2017 Just Thinking... Gifts from the Wise Ones http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-gifts-from-the-wise-ones-7172731 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/just-thinking-gifts-from-the-wise-ones-7172731 Just Thinking ...  Well, the Christ Child has come once again, and our lives were touched and will ... 1/2/2017 “Only One Question” http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/7009612 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/7009612 “Only One Question” I Was Thinking… I picked up a book not too long ago by Alexandra Horowitz ... 12/20/2016 “Wasted Gifts” http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/6929520 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/6929520 “Wasted Gifts” I Was Thinking… NBC News reported that over $1 Billion dollars of gift cards were ... 12/13/2016 “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
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