Love transcends words and creeds

In May of 2020, the United Methodist Church General Conference will bring together delegates representing the 136 countries that are a part of our worldwide denominational communion. Our own, Rev. Marie King is one of those delegates. Jacob Vaughan, Jefferson Furtado, Linda Furtado and I will be alternates there as well.  The gathering will consider […]

Unity and Community with Memphis A.C.

Jesus ministry begins with the words, “Change your hearts and lives!” (Matthew 4) The theme of “hearts” has infused my recent reading and preaching. While reviewing my 2017 sermon for the Bishop’s Advisory Committee on uniting the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences, I discovered my insight about hearts did not come from me: “As we wrestled […]

a few words from God’s Word about our words

The divided state of America A few words from God’s Word about our words   Our knowledge, speaking and preaching is partial and incomplete. (1 Corinthians 13) Warning: We will give an account to God for all our words. (Jesus Matthew 12:36-37) Our words (typed or spoken) reveal what makes up our hearts. (Jesus Luke […]

The Bible and Homosexuality

The Bible and Homosexuality A Way Forward Thoughts by Pastor Paul Purdue   As United Methodists, “We believe the Holy Bible, Old and New Testaments, reveals the Word of God so far as it is necessary for our salvation. It is to be received through the Holy Spirit as the true rule and guide for […]