Category: Forest United Methodist Church

Forest United Methodist Church

Spitballing the Future of the Church: Small and Rural Edition

  On The Verge: A Look Into The Apostolic Future of The Church is a book written by Alan Hirsch and Dave Ferguson.  In it, Hirsch posits that the church became the power structure and lost it’s status as a vital movement.  Essentially, the church becoming the power structure – at about the time Constantine

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SERMON from 4-29-12: “I AM the Good Shepherd”

John 10.11-18 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 The hired hand

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I Got Had On April Fool’s Day–AT CHURCH!

A very enterprising family–the Kelly’s–spearheaded a pretty funny April Fool’s joke today. They stuffed the worship bulletins with instructions for the congregation to congratulate me for various faux-accomplishments throughout the day. So, during the morning and throughout our announcement time, I would be congratulated with statements like are pictured above. I was actually upset that

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SERMON from 4-1-12: “Jesus’ Final Week: Good Friday”

John 19.20-30 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. 21 Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘This man said,

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SERMON from 3-25-12: “Jesus’ Final Week: Maundy Thursday”

John 13.31-35   31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33 Little children, I am with you only

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SERMON from 10.9.11: “How Majestic?”

Psalm 81 O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2 Out of the mouths of babes and infants, you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I look at your heavens,

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SERMON from 9-18-11: “He Will Gladly Meet You Half-Way” B2CS Sermon

Luke 15.18-23 18 I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands. 20 So he set off and went to his

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SERMON from 9-11-11: “10 Years & 77 Times”

Matthew 18:21-35: 21 Then Peter came and said to him, Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times? 22 Jesus said to him, Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. 23 For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared

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SERMON from 8-28-11: “On Holy Ground”

Exodus 3:1-15 1 Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush

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Another “National Back to Church Sunday” Promo Video

Here is another promotional video from the national company behind the “National Back to Church Sunday” effort. I don’t know how I feel about the kind of commercialization which they have attempted to put into this good idea, but a good idea is a good idea. Also, see a press release about NB2CS here.