http://www.ngumc.org Blog Posts RSS Blog Posts RSS en-us 11/13/2019 11:15:13 PM 'Agree to Disagree' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/agree-to-disagree-13013460 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/agree-to-disagree-13013460 I Was Thinking… Have you ever won an argument?  According to Dale Carnegie, author of How to Win ... 11/12/2019 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 ... 11/12/2019 'A Better Place http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/a-better-place-13003849 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/a-better-place-13003849 I Was Thinking… What if we loved everyone in front of us…would the world be a better place? What ... 11/5/2019 Sunday's Coming http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/sundays-coming-12997332 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/sundays-coming-12997332 Sunday will be a busy day. It will be the last of our 5 Zone Charge Conferences. It is also Daylight... 10/30/2019 'Cupcake' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/cupcake-12990258 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/cupcake-12990258 I Was Thinking… I cannot get it out of my head.  Kamille McKinney was only 3 years old.  She was ... 10/29/2019 'Choices' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/choices-12980940 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/choices-12980940 I Was Thinking… Back in the 1980’s, the fast food chain Wendy’s ran a famous TV ad depicting a ... 10/22/2019 Pastor Appreciation Month http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/pastor-appreciation-month-12976503 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/pastor-appreciation-month-12976503     It’s mid-October, and this means that it is Pastor Appreciation Month! I invite your... 10/16/2019 'Whose Are We?' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/whose-are-we-12973141 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/whose-are-we-12973141 I Was Thinking… Margaret J. Wheatley writes in her book, Who Do We Choose to Be? the following, “A ... 10/15/2019 'Bobbleheads' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/bobbleheads-12964979 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/bobbleheads-12964979 I Was Thinking… The newest craze in baseball promotion are ‘bobbleheads’.  I have several of these ... 10/8/2019 Autumn is Here.... http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/autumn-is-here-12961402 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/autumn-is-here-12961402 Autumn is finally here. Well, at least that's what it says on the calendar. The sun ... 10/2/2019 'Confidence Factor' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/confidence-factor-12959317 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/confidence-factor-12959317 I Was Thinking… Atlanta Braves outfielder, Nick Markakis, who, by the way, is from Woodstock, ... 10/1/2019 An Inconvenient Truth http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/an-inconvenient-truth-12950059 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/an-inconvenient-truth-12950059 I Was Thinking… Dr. Catherine Meeks, Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, spent... 9/24/2019 'The Way We Should Go' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-way-we-should-go-12933369 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-way-we-should-go-12933369 I Was Thinking… My friend and retired CEO of Primerica, John Addison is a big believer in ‘Focusing... 9/17/2019 Discipleship Path http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/discipleship-path-12911707 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/discipleship-path-12911707 Does your church have an intentional discipleship path? Do you have a process for helping people ... 9/11/2019 'Chicken Sandwich' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/chicken-sandwich-12907865 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/chicken-sandwich-12907865 A Tennessee man is suing the fast-food chain, Popeyes for running out of its new, popular chicken ... 9/10/2019 ‘Reputation and Character’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/reputation-and-character-12885667 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/reputation-and-character-12885667 I Was Thinking… I happened upon these words from Hersey Davis and thought them insightful. ... 9/3/2019 'Trees and Squash' http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/trees-and-squash-12882608 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/trees-and-squash-12882608 I Was Thinking… Prior to becoming President of the United States, James Garfield was principal of ... 8/27/2019 Labor Day http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/labor-day-12883529 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/labor-day-12883529     There once was a speedy hare who bragged about how fast he could run. Tired of hearing him ... 8/27/2019 "Bear Down Church" http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/bear-down-church-12875312 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/bear-down-church-12875312 I Was Thinking… In a recent Washington Post article, it was reported that local black bears in ... 8/20/2019 ‘Simplify Informania’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/simplify-informania-12872105 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/simplify-informania-12872105 I Was Thinking… Henry David Thoreau was a 19th Century American essayist, poet and philosopher.  He... 8/13/2019 A Whale of a Rescue http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/a-whale-of-a-rescue-12867949 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/a-whale-of-a-rescue-12867949  3D Journey A Whale of A Rescue   A few weeks ago, during our time at Georgia Pastors ... 8/7/2019 ‘Good Out of Place’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12867130 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12867130 I Was Thinking… It was Dr. Fred Craddock, the great teacher of preachers, who described sin as “... 8/6/2019 ‘A Lesson of Both’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12861378 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12861378 I find the following thoughts from Phillip Yancey in his book Grace Notes insightful.  Perhaps you ... 7/30/2019 What Question are you Trying to Answer? http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/what-question-are-you-trying-to-answer-12858619 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/what-question-are-you-trying-to-answer-12858619 What are the questions that your church is seeking to answer? For several congregations, this might ... 7/24/2019 “Elephants and Birds” http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12856881 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12856881 I Was Thinking… “As an old African proverb has it, “When elephants fight, it’s the grass that ... 7/23/2019 ‘Choose Your Color’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12851501 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12851501 I Was Thinking… In an attempt to be consoling and comforting a friend said to her friend who was ... 7/16/2019 Fresh Expressions: Doing What it Takes http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/fresh-expressions-doing-what-it-takes-12851966 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/fresh-expressions-doing-what-it-takes-12851966 I was on the Wesley Heritage Tour in 2016 when I first experienced the full weight of responsibility... 7/15/2019 The Mayo Experience http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-mayo-experience-12850884 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-mayo-experience-12850884  3D Journey The Mayo Experience   Last week marked the seven-year check up on my ... 7/10/2019 ‘All-Star Week’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12849524 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12849524 I Was Thinking… You may or you may not be a baseball fan.  I am more than a fan…I’m an avid fan. ... 7/9/2019 ‘Face It’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12846649 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12846649 I Was Thinking… When we put a face on an issue it is amazing how our perspective on the issue can ... 7/2/2019 July 1, 2019 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/july-1-2019-12851427 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/july-1-2019-12851427 My Dear Friends,                 I greet you in the name and Spirit of Jesus Christ who makes us ... 7/1/2019 To Know http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/to-know-12840070 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/to-know-12840070 Yesterday was the tenth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. It’s hard to believe that the “King ... 6/26/2019 ‘Spirit Song’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12839089 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12839089 I Was Thinking… One of my favorite contemporary hymns in our United Methodist hymnal is “Spirit ... 6/25/2019 ‘Stay Home’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12835640 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12835640 I Was Thinking… My passion is to love folks into the Kingdom of God.  I strongly believe the world ... 6/18/2019 ‘WWJD’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12831955 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12831955 I Was Thinking… I’m not one who thinks that clichés are necessarily profound.  However, they do ... 6/11/2019 Annual Conference http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/annual-conference-12828389 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/annual-conference-12828389  3D Journey ANNUAL CONFERENCE On Tuesday, June 11, I will be in Athens, GA ... 6/5/2019 ‘Safe Place’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12827624 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12827624 I Was Thinking… Next week the 153rd North Georgia Annual Conference will begin and end with the ... 6/4/2019 ‘Safe Place’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12823172 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12823172 I Was Thinking… Everybody needs a place.  All of us need a safe place.  All people need space to ... 5/28/2019 ‘Between Six and Sixty’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12821616 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12821616 I Was Thinking… What is the Holy Spirit?  Who is the Holy Spirit?  Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation ... 5/21/2019 A Detour From Regular Routines http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/a-detour-from-regular-routines-12821809 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/a-detour-from-regular-routines-12821809 A Detour From Regular Routines     On Memorial Day, my middle niece Jazmine graduates from high ... 5/20/2019 ‘What if?’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12818303 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12818303 I Was Thinking… This past Sunday, Mother’s Day, was a day in which my heart was full of joy, love, ... 5/14/2019 “The Hatch’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12806510 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12806510 I Was Thinking… I had the privilege last week of visiting “The Hatch”.  Chick-fil-a’s home office, ... 5/7/2019 Don't Be Shrek When Asking What’s Next? http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/dont-be-shrek-when-asking-what-s-next-12805009 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/dont-be-shrek-when-asking-what-s-next-12805009       One of the most paralyzing questions that people ask during a transition is: What... 5/2/2019 ‘A Dodging Tactic’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12800393 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12800393 I Was Thinking… “How far is too far?  If a tree falls in the woods and there is no one ... 4/30/2019 ‘Good for the Soul’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12796951 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12796951   I Was Thinking… “The City of Atlanta says its employees didn’t do it and the builder of the West ... 4/23/2019 If It's Dead, Then Why Does it keep Popping Up? http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/if-its-dead-then-why-does-it-keep-popping-up-12795151 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/if-its-dead-then-why-does-it-keep-popping-up-12795151   A couple of days ago, a friend shared with me a Facebook post on Latin. It was a ... 4/17/2019 “A Tradition Unlike Any Other” http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12794300 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12794300 I Was Thinking… “A Tradition Unlike Any Other”.  We’ve heard that a lot recently.  It is the phrase... 4/16/2019 The Cock Crows http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12789974 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12789974 I Was Thinking… One of the best books I’ve read is the book ‘Falling Upward’ by Richard Rohr.  If ... 4/9/2019 April Fool Day Isn't Engaging http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/april-fool-day-isnt-engaging-12785786 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/april-fool-day-isnt-engaging-12785786       April Fools Day isn’t engaging. I quickly discovered this lesson as a gullible ... 4/3/2019 Stress-less Living http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12784690 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/12784690 I Was Thinking… Have you been under ‘stress’ lately?  According to CNN Chief Medical Correspondent ... 4/2/2019
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