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Recently Read: Dallas Will Be Different

By Michael Baughman I’ve suspected for a while that we live at the cliff’s edge of a new society. Growing up, I learned the names of cities important to the civil rights movement: Little Rock, Selma, Birmingham, Montgomery, Memphis. Their names evokes stories that changed our collective American identity. In recent years, there’s been a […]

What Can I Do? I Can Love!

by Darian Pace If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 1 John 4:20 New Living Translation My heart aches, my soul tormented. There is a sense […]

Bishop Michael McKee Urges Local UMCs to Pray for Dallas

July 8, 2016 As United Methodists gather for worship this Sunday, I ask that this letter be read and followed by a period of silent prayer. ****************************************** Tragedy struck Dallas Thursday evening. Five Dallas law enforcement officers were killed, and seven officers and two civilians were injured. An evil act borne out of hatred devastated […]

Recently Read: An evening of joy; a morning of tragedy: will we ever wake up?

by Christy Thomas We’d had the most joyful of afternoons. After two interminable weeks in a non-weight bearing foot situation, my husband’s bandage was replaced with a walking cast. Delighted, we went to out to dinner and watched a funny movie before bed. We retired without bothering to check the news. Able to stay in […]

Recently Read: Midnight in Dallas: What’s going on?

by Maria Dixon Hall Mother, mother There’s too many of you crying Brother, brother, brother There’s far too many of you dying You know we’ve got to find a way To bring some lovin’ here today, eheh What’s Going On-Marvin Gaye I was a little girl when I first heard this song. I was a […]

Recently Read: New pastor brings fresh vision, new flock to Dallas’ St. Paul UMC

St. Paul UMC in Dallas, TX, is finding new ways to innovate in church growth! From the Dallas News website:   On Sunday, St. Paul formally installed its 52nd leader, the Rev. Richie Butler, a dynamic young pastor whose appointment marks a pivotal new beginning. Butler, you see, isn’t just bringing his energy and vision […]

Rabbi speaks again, thanks to Perkins School of Theology archivist

The prophetic voice of a late Dallas rabbi, one who had close ties to Southern Methodist University, will be heard again, thanks to a curious archivist who wasn’t content just to file away some reel-to-reel tapes he found in a library storage room. SMU’s Perkins School of Theology will, on May 5, hold an event […]

Brewing to Perfection – Pastor tries coffee shop to reach young adults

DALLAS—The Rev. Mike Baughman had never made a half caffeine latte, but that’s what the man across the counter wanted. So, after a quick consultation with the barista on duty, the pastor got to work and produced a frothy drink that sent his middle-aged customer away happy. It was one more learning curve. Mike Baughman’s […]

What ‘Dallas’, the TV show, can teach the church

By Shane Raynor, Special Contributor… This week I did something I don’t typically do. I watched a soap opera. TNT recently resurrected the ’80s prime-time serial, Dallas, and the new show aired its two-hour premiere on June 13. I watched partly for the nostalgia of it. I grew up in the ’70s and ’80s, and […]

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