Let Freedom Ring

By the time you read this, you probably have plans for the Independence Day holiday. Whatever your plans, I hope that you and the people you love the most are safe and blessed. However, allow me to make a suggestion: celebrate your freedom by increasing someone else’s freedom. It’s a great way to love your neighbor! A few examples to …

HELLO, MY NAME IS

To my new friends at PTCUMC! I’m so excited (and grateful!) to get to be your new Lead Pastor. I know it wasn’t something you were expecting, neither was I, but what an opportunity! This church is well known and respected in the Conference and it’s quite the honor to be appointed here. In this regard I have you at …

Christ and Culture

In the midst of the modern-day culture wars, where debates rage over politics, social values, and identity, understanding how our faith intersects with the world around us is more important—and more confusing—than ever. The struggle to understand how Christians should meet and engage with the world is nothing new. It’s rooted in the ancient history of the Church and revealed …

EVERY TIME WE REMEMBER

The Apostle Paul wrote a beautiful line at the beginning of his letter to the church at Philippi: “I thank my God every time I remember you.” (Philippians 1:3) This verse comes to mind whenever I witness a “page turning” event in someone’s life—births, funerals, weddings, graduations, or relocations to name a few. These moments prompt me to reflect on …

SECOND FIDDLE

We’ve had several opportunities in recent years to meet a new lead pastor. Each time I’ve met them for a first conversation, they’ve made a similar statement: “You’ve been an associate for a long time.” Buried in that statement is a question: “Why haven’t you moved on to pastor your own church?” My answer has always been the same: “I’m …

CULTIVATING SPIRITUAL FRUIT

Do you ever feel like you’re sprinting through life, desperately searching for a moment of calm amidst the relentless chaos? Do you wish that there could be a quiet place, or at least a quiet way of living, in the middle of the craziness? Paul describes just such a way of living in Galatians 5, an oasis of richness, depth, …

A STRANGE SENSATION

Picture this: it’s the 18th century in England, a time of powdered wigs and candlelit streets. John Wesley, a thoughtful young man, is on a quest for spiritual understanding. In case you don’t know, John Wesley was a founding figure of the Methodist movement. It’s a movement focused on personal spiritual growth and loving your neighbor in practical ways. But …

Welcome, Rev. Chris Bryant

It is with great joy and anticipation that we announce the arrival of our new senior pastor, Rev. Chris Bryant. We eagerly await Chris’s first Sunday with us, scheduled for July 21. Chris, along with his family, is already gearing up to relocate to Peachtree City, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome them into our community. Chris is …

HOLDING ON TO OUR HEROES

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. – 1 Corinthians 3:5-7 Forty-six years ago, at the age of …