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Pastor’s Ponderings

Pastors Pondering

There is great value in studying the Bible together with other people. Not only do you get to spend time reading and reflecting on the Bible, you get to hear how other people hear and make sense of what they are reading. Often, I think I know what the Bible says or...

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Pastors Pondering

We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. I thought it might be interesting and fun to share some pictures over the summer. The idea is to find a picture that conveys something about how you experience God. It might be from nature, it might be a smile...

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Pastors Pondering

Welcome Rev. Wilson! This Sunday we welcome Rev. Julie Wilson with us at Calvary UMC as guest and preacher for the day. She worked on staff here from 2014-2020 offering leadership in outreach and mission projects. Julie is currently a missionary with the United...

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Several questions have been raised to me following recent decisions made by the United Methodist Church General Conference meeting that took place in March. People both inside and outside the church have asked me: What was decided? What will be the impact on Calvary...

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Pastors Pondering

Last week, the United Methodist Church held the postponed 2020 General Conference. Historic changes unfolded at this meeting that impacted the denomination in the U.S. and overseas. After decades of division over matters of human sexuality, many congregations chose to...

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Pastors Pondering

Oftentimes, the challenges of a big issue such as caring for the environment seem overwhelming. Where do we start? What can we do? The best thing is to start somewhere and to do what you can.   There was a recent meeting of the church “Green Team” where we...

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The General Conference, the global gathering of The United Methodist Church, will meet April 23 - May 3 in Charlotte, N.C. This will be the first General Conference session held since the special session held in February 2019. There will be the opportunity to remove...

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From time to time, I am asked to do some work on behalf of other congregations in the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Recently, I was asked to be part of a study team to examine the current health and ministry of the United Methodist Church elsewhere in Frederick...

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Pastors Pondering

During the season of Lent, we had a weekly study of the various parts of Holy Week using a book by Amy-Jill Levine called Entering the Passion of Jesus. We did not get a chance to discuss the last chapter which focused on Jesus in Gethsemane just prior to his arrest....

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