Love Him By Loving Them

One of my favorite passages in all of scripture is found in Matthew 22.  I love it for two reasons: first, it’s simple and clear.  All too often the Bible is anything but simple and clear, so I’m always excited to come upon those rare occasions that the teaching is plainly stated and clearly communicated. Second, Jesus manages to articulate …

Who We Are Called to Be

You are not alone. You are part of a movement, a community, and a family that is so much bigger than you could have ever imagined. We are halfway through our sermon series, Ekklesia: who the church is called to be. Ekklesia is a Greek word that is typically translated as “church” in English. It is derived from the verb ekkaleo, which means …

The Ark | Above and Beyond

When you get the safety briefing before the airplane, one of the things they tell you is to “Put on your own oxygen mask before you assist others”. When they say it, it’s common sense, right?  I can’t imagine anyone of us have been in an airplane when we needed to use the oxygen masks, but if you have a …

Rev. Matt Stone | Call To Ministry

Greetings, PTCUMC!  I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to get to know you as a church!  As we live into this season of transition, and as a way to begin getting to know each other, I thought it might be helpful for you to hear a little about my call to ministry.   As a young …

REJOICING

I saw something last weekend I’d never seen before. My daughter, Dori, is a soccer player. We occasionally travel for soccer tournaments and we ended up in a tournament in Lilburn. The fields at this park backed up to a hill covered in various vines and they had either rented or borrowed goats and sheep to eat away at the vines. I …

Only From A Distance

“Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance…” Deuteronomy 32:52 Pastoring is a hard job. Of course, it’s not the only hard job in the world. Hospital nurses, teachers, and police officers have it pretty rough, too. There are plenty of people in the world whose vocation is a heavy load. But pastoring is hard.  For one thing, …

To My Beloved Faith Family

Ecclesiastes 3:1 NRSV For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…. Forty years ago from this coming Monday (May 16) – beside Pactola Lake in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota – a young man named Mark invited a young woman named Shannon to go on the adventure of life with him. She …

STUFF

I hate to shop but I like to have stuff. And Lord do I have stuff! Mountains and mountains of stuff. Many of you know that I have been home for a few weeks recovering from being ill and having surgery (thank you so much for your prayers!). During that time, I was around “the stuff” more. It was everywhere. …

As the Father has Sent Me, So I Send You

In Sunday’s small group, we talked about Moses.  The story of Moses is one of my favorites to share with kids because not only does it have every element of adventure a kid could ask for, it also has so many faith lessons beginning with his mother.  This little boy’s life got off to quite a rocky start with his …

What Am I Supposed To Be Doing?

“What am I supposed to be doing?” That question seems to be running through my head 24/7 lately. Mostly because I have the memory of a goldfish, but also because there is so much going on. We’re coming into Spring going 100 miles per hour. We’ve all got summer plans to make, school is ending, students are graduating, people are …