Inspire

We’re excited to include these three sections–Inform, Inspire, Involve. Here we intend to recommend helpful information, hopeful inspiration and opportunities for involvement that can offer nourishment and possibly direction for your faith journey. Please return to visit these sections again soon and often. And please contribute ideas, information, insights and resources that might be helpful to others. Thanks!


‘Tear down this wall!’
Bishop urges unity, rejects trials amid conflict over LGBT rights

Bishop Peggy Johnson used the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany to lament the walls she sees dividing United Methodists over the perceived rights and wrongs…  Read more

Discovering God’s will: John Wesley’s difficult decision

He faced a tough choice. Two very different opportunities lay before the newly-ordained pastor. One was a stable position with the church in which he had been raised. The other was an exciting missionary opportunity…  Read more

Honoring our United Methodist vow

The Rev. Roy Hilburn knows the importance of being present in the local church and the community. When he became senior pastor at Coharie United Methodist Church in Clinton, North Carolina, there were eight members, the youngest of whom was 55…  Read more

Bishop’s Blog: All Saints Day

The Church calendar includes “All Saints Day” on November 1 each year to remember truly faithful Christians who have gone before us and to contemplate and perhaps even emulate their heroic lives. One of the benefits of my time…  Read more

Bishop’s Blog: Via Dolorosa

In Jerusalem is the famous “Via Dolorosa,” the road where it is believed that Jesus walked on the way to Calvary. It literally means the “way of suffering.” Nothing can compare to our Savior’s suffering and sacrifice…  Read more

Laity Sunday, Special Sundays

Churches encouraged to celebrate Laity Sunday

Laity Sunday is more than a chance to give your pastor a Sunday off. It is an important opportunity to share and celebrate the gifts of the faithful laity.   The… Read more

‘Do No Harm, Do Good’

As The United Methodist Church prepares for General Conference 2020, numerous legislative petitions flooded in by last week’s deadline for consideration. Certainly, we should always have as the backdrop…  Read more

Listen to your children

I have always loved the praise song by Ken Medema titled “Lord, Listen to Your Children.” Its refrain goes like this: Lord, listen to your children praying,
Lord, send your Spirit in this place;
Lord, listen to your children praying,
Send us love, send us pow’r, send us grace.
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Turning to God in Days of Trouble

Life brings good days and bad. But God is always there to comfort us. On days that end in “why,” this prayer reminds us of God’s constant presence in our lives. 

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Ladies and Gentlemen, This Is A Bible

Today is one of my most favorite days of the year. Today is the opening weekend of the National Football League season. Since I was a little kid, I have watched and loved football…  Read more