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Five Favorite Quotes From John Wesley

November 18, 2014

One of the most influential leaders in my life and ministry has been John Wesley. His desire to speak “plain truth for plain people” caught my attention in my college years and has inspired and encouraged me ever since. Here are five of my favorite examples of Wesley’s “plain truth for plain people.” 1) “I […]

Lessons Learned On God’s Unfailing Love

April 1, 2014

      The other day I came across a passage of Scripture that caught my attention from the Old Testament Book of Exodus. You know the account of the Exodus, don’t you? The Israelites had been forced to live as slaves in Egypt for 400 years. They had suffered greatly as a people because of their captivity. In the […]

Developing The Character Of A Methodist

February 1, 2011

What would it look like in the church if Christians treated one another the way the Bible describes? What does the Bible teach about the way Christians are to behave toward one another? Below is a list of the passages in the Bible that detail for us how we are to treat “one another.” It […]

A Lesson Learned From The “Cameron Crazies”…

December 22, 2009

          Early this college basketball season, I had the opportunity to attend a Duke basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. If you have never attended a game with the “Cameron Crazies” you should definitely put it on your “bucket list.” It was an amazing experience.             Not only are the Duke students […]

2009 Annual Conference Highlights

July 13, 2009

           The 2009 WNC Conference was one of the best in the 26 I have attended. Bishop Larry Goodpaster set a tone of inspiration and renewal from the start to the finish.            Here are some thoughts from one of the members of the Conference, Dr. Don Haynes, of Hood Theological Seminary, from a recent […]

A Bishop With A Vision

June 25, 2009

            Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster presided over his first session of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference earlier this month.            He brought strong leadership and a boost of enthusiasm for our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ in Western North Carolina.             The 2009 Conference was inspiring and sobering.             We learned that […]

Thoughts From Kansas Part 1

April 22, 2009

I am with a group of United Methodist pastors from Western North Carolina who are in the Kansas City area for a couple of days studying one of the most innovative United Methodist Churches in the country. The United Methodist Church Of The Resurrection (Leawood, Kansas) was started in 1990 by then 26 year old pastor […]

Refocusing On The Methodist Message

July 27, 2008

           Just this week I was reminded of the importance of focusing on the important things of life.             Our family was on vacation and decided to do something we had never done before…go whitewater rafting in the North Carolina mountains.             We lived in and around the mountains of Western North Carolina for ten […]

Meet Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster

July 20, 2008

At the Friday evening, July 18, session of the 2008 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church, it was announced that the new Bishop of the Western North Carolina Conference will be Larry M. Goodpaster (effective, September 1, 2008). Bishop Goodpaster will take over for Bishop Lawrence McCleskey who is retiring effective August 31, […]

The Making Of A Bishop

July 19, 2008

           This past week, July 16-19, 2008, was the occasion of the 2008 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church, which met at Lake Junaluska, NC.             Some 500 delegates came from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.             Our son John was a delegate […]