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You Have Got to See This!

Posted by Rev. Ben Trammell on

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.  ...

Easter People on an Easter Mission

Posted by Rev. Ben Trammell on

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine...

Holy Week for the Win

Posted by Rev. Ben Trammell on

Friends, Holy Week is here. This Sunday the procession of palms will herald the arrival of Jesus in to Jerusalem, Thursday we will gather around the table as Jesus institutes Communion. Friday we will fix our eyes on the cross and the amazing love of God for us. On Saturday, we will laugh and...

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

Posted by Rev. Ben Trammell on

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

Posted by Rev. Ben Trammell on

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

Posted by Rev. Ben Trammell on

 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

Posted by Rev. Ben Trammell on

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...

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