Tag Archives: United Methodist Church

Places I’ve Lived: North Tazewell, Virginia

After my wife and I married in 1992, we worked to build up the churches where I was at that time, Belfast and Midway UMC near Cedar Bluff, Virginia.  Around the end of 1993 I began to sense that it … Continue reading

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New Hats and Methodist Conferences

It’s a Spring ritual.  Old timers say it used to be an autumn ritual, but that’s before my day, and since I never experienced it, I can only write from what I know. But every year when the Day Lilies … Continue reading

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Dancing On One Leg

My son doesn’t belong to me.  He was born into another family and came to our family about six and a half years ago as we became his foster parents.  Without saying too much, let me just say, he came … Continue reading

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Squirming on the Back Pew

My home church was Morrison Chapel United Methodist Church, located in the Morrison City community, just north of Kingsport, Tennessee.  Our church was started before the Civil War when a circuit riding preacher named Reuben Steele brought the gospel in … Continue reading

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When the Church is Disappointing: Reflections on the End of a Papacy

So the Pope gave up and left. He was leading a sinking ship.  The Catholic Church has fallen on harder times than usual.  The developed world isn’t very friendly toward the teachings of the church.  The sex-abuse scandals have brought … Continue reading

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“Here I Raise My Ebenezer”

As we near election day in the ninth congressional district of Southwest Virginia, I can’t help but think about Glade Springs.  The little town was hit hard by storms over a year ago.  It is rebuilding, because you can’t stop … Continue reading

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Compromise Church

Up in a narrow hollow in East Tennessee there is a little white, country church called “Compromise.”  It is on Route 70 between Rogersville and Kyle’s Ford.  It’s been there quite a long time.  It looks pretty serene, with a … Continue reading

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