http://www.ngumc.org Blog Posts RSS Blog Posts RSS en-us 12/6/2021 9:20:02 AM Monday Memo: Weary Thinking http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-weary-thinking-15779229 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-weary-thinking-15779229 Weary Thinking I was thinking... What is it that makes our thinking... 11/29/2021 Monday Memo: Pearls http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-pearls-15738310 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-pearls-15738310 Pearls I was thinking... Pearls have been on my mind lately. They ... 11/1/2021 Monday Memo: Knowing the Ending http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-knowing-the-ending-15681220 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-knowing-the-ending-15681220 Knowing the Ending I was thinking... As an Atlanta Braves fan, I ... 10/25/2021 Monday Memo: Windshields and Rear View Mirrors http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-looking-back-or-looking-ahead-15612333 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-looking-back-or-looking-ahead-15612333 Hard Conversations I was thinking... Looking back and looking ahead ... 10/18/2021 Monday Memo: Hard Conversations http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-hard-conversations-15583890 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-hard-conversations-15583890 Hard Conversations I was thinking... Hard conversations are hard!  ... 10/11/2021 Monday Memo: All is Lost? http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-all-is-lost-15479500 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-all-is-lost-15479500 All is Lost? I was thinking... The story is told that when John D. ... 10/4/2021 Monday Memo: In Front of Our Nose http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/in-front-of-our-nose-15470011 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/in-front-of-our-nose-15470011 In Front Of Our Nose I was thinking...   Can we see what is in front... 9/27/2021 Monday Memo: Currency of Life http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-currency-of-life-15426435 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-currency-of-life-15426435 Currency of Life I was thinking... I am not certain where I first ... 9/13/2021 Monday Memo: A Teachable Spirit http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-a-teachable-spirit-15385028 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-a-teachable-spirit-15385028 Healthy Thinking I was thinking... Wildfires in the western states.... 8/23/2021 Monday Memo: A Teachable Spirit http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-a-teachable-spirit-15363276 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-a-teachable-spirit-15363276 A Teachable Spirit I was thinking... Perhaps you have seen this ... 8/16/2021 Monday Memo: Confession http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-confession-15322077 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-confession-15322077 Confession I was thinking... Trying to teach the meaning of ‘... 8/2/2021 Goodbye: God Be with You http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/goodbye-god-be-with-you-15255631 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/goodbye-god-be-with-you-15255631   It’s hard to believe that this is my last blog as your District Superintendent. Where has the ... 5/12/2021 Milestones and Transitions http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/milestones-and-transitions-15229998 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/milestones-and-transitions-15229998     The months of June and July in the church are milestones and transitional ... 5/5/2021 More Than Meets the Eye http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/more-than-meets-the-eye-15208485 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/more-than-meets-the-eye-15208485 Do you remember the TV animated show, The Transformers? It was a cartoon series that debuted in ... 4/21/2021 Easter is Special http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/easter-is-special-15188834 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/easter-is-special-15188834 Easter is Special     Being the Church during a pandemic has been frustrating, challenging, and ... 3/31/2021 Finish the Race! http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/finish-the-race-15158236 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/finish-the-race-15158236   I ran track in high school. I ran the third leg on the 4X100 relay team. I never thought that I ... 3/17/2021 The Vertical Slash:  Bifocals or Hybrid? http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-vertical-slash-bifocals-or-hybrid-15117535 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-vertical-slash-bifocals-or-hybrid-15117535  Four years ago, I got my first pair of glasses. Until then, I had 20/20 vision. As a child, I ate... 3/3/2021 The Song that Never Ends http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-song-that-never-ends-14976640 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-song-that-never-ends-14976640 Does it feel like pandemic living is a never-ending loop of loss and uncertainty? Lately, I’ve ... 2/3/2021 The Epiphany and Cultural Pivot http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-epiphany-and-cultural-pivot-14942474 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-epiphany-and-cultural-pivot-14942474 To see video message from Quincy click here.  Today is the Epiphany of the Lord. It’s the day that... 1/6/2021 Merry Christmas! http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/merry-christmas-14859481 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/merry-christmas-14859481 Merry Christmas It's beginning to look (or at least feel) a lot like Christmas. Are you ready? ... 12/9/2020 Thanksgiving http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/thanksgiving-14451139 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/thanksgiving-14451139 Thanksgiving 2020   Thanksgiving will be different this year. Like many of you, my family has ... 11/25/2020 Monday Memo: Unlearning http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-unlearning-14441747 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-unlearning-14441747 I was thinking... Have you ever had to ‘unlearn’ something? I know I have had to unlearn many ... 11/16/2020 Church Thermometer and Thermostat http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/church-thermometer-and-thermostat-14437123 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/church-thermometer-and-thermostat-14437123 Recently, I heard a pastor give a message about the difference between a thermostat and... 11/11/2020 Monday Memo: Hitting a Homerun http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-14428331 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-14428331 I was thinking... As a child I began my lackluster baseball career in the Forest Park recreation ... 11/9/2020 Monday Memo: Silent Ministry http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-silent-ministry-14355241 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-silent-ministry-14355241 Silent Ministry I was thinking... Bishop Joel McDavid once called the public appearance of a church... 10/26/2020 Monday Memo: Season of Bunches http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-season-of-bunches-14341581 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/monday-memo-season-of-bunches-14341581 Season of Bunches I was thinking... I imagine you have heard the saying "things come in bunches" ... 10/19/2020 October is for Pastor Appreciation http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/october-is-for-pastor-appreciation-14336130 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/october-is-for-pastor-appreciation-14336130 Can I be honest with you about what it means to be a pastor? Pastoral ministry is a call from God.... 10/13/2020 The MacGyver Way of Seeing http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-macgyver-way-of-seeing-14319490 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-macgyver-way-of-seeing-14319490 The MacGyver Way of Seeing   Does the name Angus “Mac” MacGyver ring a bell? If you remember 80s ... 9/30/2020 Mind the Gap Between Stuff and Sayings http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/mind-the-gap-between-stuff-and-sayings-14248989 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/mind-the-gap-between-stuff-and-sayings-14248989 Many churches have a mission statement and perhaps even a vision statement. But have you ever ... 9/16/2020 On the Journey http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/on-the-journey-14143198 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/on-the-journey-14143198 We're living a strange world. I can't believe that the dog days of August are here! School is ... 8/5/2020 Finding A Life's Calling http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/finding-a-lifes-calling-14137386 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/finding-a-lifes-calling-14137386 Finding a Life’s Calling   This year marks 30 years since I graduated from college. I was the ... 7/22/2020 What's Next? http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/whats-next-14122765 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/whats-next-14122765 One of the most paralyzing questions that people ask during a transition is: What’s next? When ... 7/8/2020 'Blessings' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/blessings-14031594 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/blessings-14031594 I Was Thinking… One never quite knows where life’s journey will take them.  The story of life ... 6/30/2020 What's The Story Driving You? http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/whats-the-story-driving-you-14029787 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/whats-the-story-driving-you-14029787   This month marks the 25th anniversary of my ordination in the United Methodist Church. Over the ... 6/24/2020 'Both/And Living' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/both-and-living-14028483 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/both-and-living-14028483 I Was Thinking… Is it possible to live in a ‘both/and’ world?  We seem to be living in days of ‘... 6/23/2020 Paralysis of Analysis http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/paralysis-of-analysis-14024565 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/paralysis-of-analysis-14024565 I Was Thinking… It is a problem of ethics.  You have an opportunity to solve the problem.  You are ... 6/16/2020 Hovering Over the Hurricane http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/hovering-over-the-hurricane-14021511 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/hovering-over-the-hurricane-14021511 It’s hurricane season. As I write, Tropical Storm Cristobal is crawling across Mexico and about to ... 6/10/2020 'Fair or Foul?' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/fair-or-foul-14018684 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/fair-or-foul-14018684 I Was Thinking… In baseball (which I miss by the way) there is a ‘foul line’ that runs from home ... 6/9/2020 'Silence Is Violence' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/silence-is-violence-14011155 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/silence-is-violence-14011155 I Was Thinking… In Malcolm Gladwell’s book ‘The Tipping Point’, he writes how an idea can skyrocket... 6/2/2020 Try It This Week (A Disciple-Making Tool) http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/try-it-this-week-a-weekly-discipleship-tool-10366213 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/try-it-this-week-a-weekly-discipleship-tool-10366213 The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the ... 6/2/2020 Transitions http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/transitions-14008796 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/transitions-14008796 During July and September, we will experience several transitions throughout the district. The ... 5/27/2020 'Say Something' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/say-something-14001800 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/say-something-14001800 I Was Thinking… There are people who ‘have something to say’…and then there are people who ‘have to... 5/26/2020 Opportunity or Opportunist http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/opportunity-or-opportunist-13997652 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/opportunity-or-opportunist-13997652 I Was Thinking… Opportunity – noun – a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.... 5/19/2020 Discipleship: Bridge Building with X’s and O’s http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/discipleship-bridge-building-with-x-s-and-o-s-13996616 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/discipleship-bridge-building-with-x-s-and-o-s-13996616 I have a fundamental belief that churches need to produce disciples who build bridges that connect ... 5/13/2020 'At Hello' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/at-hello-13993446 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/at-hello-13993446 I Was Thinking… Some of us are dog lovers and some of us are cat lovers…I suppose it is possible ... 5/12/2020 'Good Old Days' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/good-old-days-13935139 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/good-old-days-13935139 I Was Thinking… Aren’t old photos fun?  They make us laugh and they make us cry.  I have a photo ... 5/5/2020 Easter Creates Adaptive Disciples http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/easter-creates-adaptive-disciples-13653072 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/easter-creates-adaptive-disciples-13653072 How was your Easter? Easter was very different for me this year. It forced me to embody the Easter ... 4/29/2020 'Shielding Others' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/shielding-others-13650833 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/shielding-others-13650833 I Was Thinking… The Spartans, a warrior society in ancient Greece, were feared and revered for ... 4/28/2020 'We Win' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/we-win-13622350 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/we-win-13622350 I Was Thinking… Like you, I’ve been doing my best to focus on the positive in these days of “... 4/21/2020 Lessons from Kermit the Frog http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/lessons-from-kermit-the-frog-13620119 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/lessons-from-kermit-the-frog-13620119 The days of the weeks have blurred together. I believe that this is day 34 of my physical ... 4/15/2020
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