A Sobering Lesson from History

A Sobering Lesson from History

A Sobering Lesson From History “To see Methodism … substantially united would be worth living for and sacrificing for through the toiling of long years.” The Long Road to Methodist Union, p. 108 On November 7, 1919, almost one hundred years ago, a group called the...
A Hopeful Legacy

A Hopeful Legacy

A Hopeful Legacy Last Sunday, September 15, 2019, I got to preach for the 175th anniversary of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. 175 years is not the oldest in our district, but still 175 years is a significant lifetime. The lifecycle of many churches (birth...
Leading into a New Future

Leading into a New Future

Leading into a New Future As I reflect back over four decades of ordained ministry, I cannot remember a time when it has been more apparent that we are moving into a time of significant changes in our beloved United Methodist Church. Plans are being devised; meetings...

Welcome New Alexandria District Clergy

Welcome New Alexandria clergy! Kimberly Barker- Brugman Asbury UMC   Carl Chapman Warrenton UMC Church (or other job/position/school) from which you came:Old Bethel- Welltown Cooperative Parish Family: 2 Kids: J Wesley (3 yrs), Alexandra (6 Months), 1 Dog: Mason...
MOVING ON THE JOURNEY

MOVING ON THE JOURNEY

MOVING ON THE JOURNEY Bishop Weaver has reminded us that we are on a journey. What we are experiencing today as a momentous event will someday be looked back upon perhaps as but a bump along the way. What today may seem like a dead-end will, in the light of the...
Some Books to Consider

Some Books to Consider

Some Books to Consider I have three books that I would like to recommend for some of you this month. Andrew Root has written a thoughtful analysis of how churches can obsess with the need to be youthful, and the dangers that such an obsession poses for lifelong faith...