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Take Your Authority

Posted by Rev. Holly Wilson on

Dear Friends, “Take Your Authority” That’s what the little sign over the door in my office says. I’ve been told Rev. Paul Parks put that sign there. Every time I look at that sign, I find courage to do what God has called me to do... and I think of Paul and I thank...

Swing Wide the Gates

Posted by Rev. Ben Trammell on

Ho, everyone who thirsts,     come to the waters; and you that have no money,     come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk     without money and without price.  Why do you spend your money for that which is not...

Taxes, Exemptions and Grace

Posted by Rev. Ben Trammell on

Friends, Maybe because tax filings were due this week, I have been thinking about exemptions. It came up in Bible study on Wednesday, and the thought has stayed with me in reflection and prayer since.  We were discussing the scriptural command to refrain from passing judgement on anyone...

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...

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