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Blessings from the Past

Posted by Rev. Ben Trammell on

Friends,In the February 23rd blog, I wrote about the founding generation of University Church. The pioneering spirit of those leaders who came from Woodlawn UMC was shaped by their desire to see the ‘next generation’ have what they had: community and a deep encounter with...

Strong in the Broken Places and Jumbo Shrimp

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Friends, My kids’ elementary school had a fun run this week. Fun run. That’s how they described it. As if these two words belonged together. They strike my ear in the same fashion as jumbo shrimp does. Are we running or are we having fun, because I am up for either, but seldom find...

An Enthusiastic Recommendation

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Friends, I don't think it is any secret that I love food, so I appreciate an enthusiastic recommendation about a place to visit or a dish to try. Some of the best meals I have had came from places I never would have found if someone hadn't told me where to go, how to find it, or at times, taken...

Who We Are

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Friends, Many of you know the story: University began as the movement of Woodlawn UMC from just west of downtown to the current location here at De Zavala and Vance Jackson. One of our current members remembers joining Woodlawn in 1929 as a first grader. Her testimony to the ministry of that...

What the Olympics and Lent Have in Common

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 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings. Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it.  Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to...

Good Things Happen on Wednesdays

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Friends, So I guess it’s time you knew: I really like Johnny Cash. My family doesn’t share my passion, and they groan when I put his music on during a car ride, so I understand if he is not your cup of tea. I admit, if you were trying to pitch the concept behind some of his...

What We Deserve

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Friends, "Everybody gets what they deserve..." Is this true? Do we want it to be true? What does scripture teach about what we get in life and what we deserve?I hope you can join us this week as we continue holding up common assumptions in the light of scripture. It's also...

More Than You Can Handle

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Friends, Have you ever felt like life was too much? That the grief, frustration or pain you were experiencing was more than you could manage? In the midst of these feelings of desperation, has anyone attempted to encourage you by telling you God won't give you more than you can...

It's What We Do

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Friends, A recent ad campaign begins by revealing the expected behavior of some group or individual, often times placed out of context in order to increase the humor of the moment. For example, a football referee orders his meal at a restaurant with corresponding hand motions, as if he is...

Looking Back, Pressing On

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Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. -Paul to the church at Philippi,Philippians 3:12 Friends, On a hike recently, I stopped and looked up the slope and thought...

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