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Opening Convocation Speech at Emory & Henry College, Fall 2016: “A Time and Place of Consequences”

A Time and Place of Consequences Introduction. A few years ago, Dr. Joycelyn Elders visited Emory & Henry. At the time of her visit, she was the Surgeon General of the United States and our nation’s point person in the fight against HIV, drug addiction, teenage pregnancy, and other important medical and social issues. Dr. … Continue reading

The Christian’s Face

Scripture. When Paul finished speaking, he knelt down with the people and prayed.  There was much weeping.  They embraced and kissed, sad, because all knew they would see Paul’s face no more. Acts 20:36-38 Introduction.  In chapter 20 of the Book of Acts, we are told about Paul’s last meeting with people he loved from … Continue reading

How Well Do You Know The Easter Story?

No book is more cherished in America than the Bible.  According to Zondervan, a large religious publisher headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, sales of the different versions exceeds one billio… Source: How Well Do You Know The Easter Story?

A Story 140 Years in the Making: by James Dawsey

Originally appearing in the Emory & Henry Alumni Magazine Posted on: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 by Monica Hoel Renato Nascimento and Emory & Henry’s 140 Years of Missionary Service: By Dr. James Dawsey             Former Emory & Henry College student Renato Nascimento spent five days during November 2014 on a mission trip to an orphanage … Continue reading

A United Methodist Church Missionary Story from Piracicaba, Brazil, 1978.

Aaron was a member of the church.  He was a very talented artist who could draw and paint beautifully.  He was also a master decorator who was called every year by the Country Club in Piracicaba to prepare elaborate decorations at Christmas and New Years. But Aaron had a problem.  He was an alcoholic. He … Continue reading

Re-post for ETLA 401. THE BIBLE IN THE BASIC ECCLESIAL COMMUNITIES

The Brazilian Bible scholar Carlos Mesters began his book, Por Tras das Palavras (Petropolis, Vozes, 1984), with the following parable:  At one time there was a great house called “The People’s House” with a beautiful, large door which opened onto the street.  Many people passed through that door.  Then, one day, two scholars arrived.  They loved ancient … Continue reading

A NEW GENERATION OF JOSHUAS FOR THE UMC?

[The Reverend Wil Cantrell (Robert W. Cantrell) is an ordained elder in the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He serves as Pastor of Lebanon Memorial UMC.  Wil is a graduate of Emory & Henry College and Duke Divinity School.] To my friends and fellow leaders in the Holston Conference and the United Methodist Church, I offer … Continue reading

FORMING PEOPLE IN CHRISTLIKENESS: Insight into ministry by the Reverend Josh Kilbourne

In my appointments in ministry thus far, I have found the congregations often suffer from a lack of focus.   Unfortunately, in my experience, churches fall into assuming that being busy = being faithful.  Churches get caught up in so many “good causes” that I am afraid we end up missing the mark related to following … Continue reading

How Well Do You Know The Easter Story?

No book is more cherished in America than the Bible.  According to Zondervan, a large religious publisher headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, sales of the different versions exceeds one billion dollars annually–and this, despite the fact that ninety percent of American households already own at least one copy of the “Good Book.” Bibles are not only in our homes and places of … Continue reading

GOD LANGUAGE

Metaphor is the language we use for speaking about God because it opens up possibilities of mystery, power, and being that otherwise we are incapable of expressing or even thinking.  Dr. Robert Denham is one of the world’s leading interpreters of Northrup Frye. He delivered the Reynolds Lecture, 3/28/2012.  Follow the links to the podcast (https://religiousjourney.com/professional-advice/).  … Continue reading

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