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A Pastoral Letter to Everyone Who is Hurting

2/28/2019

    Coming to General Conference, I had no idea what would happen. Expectations at the gathering were high, but the preferred outcomes were very different among the delegates. The last thing I expected was to experience feelings like the ones I had experienced upon my brother’s death. Yet, as General Conference closed and the Council of Bishops meeting ended the next day, I recognized that I had indeed felt like this before.       Numb. Shock. Deep grief. Loss.      My role as your Bishop and ...


28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 28

2/18/2019

WEEK 28 - ACTS 28 - February 18, 2019 Written by Dr. Amy Oden, Visiting Professor of Early Church History and Spirituality, Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University God does a new thing      The last chapter of Acts has lots of action – rough sailing on choppy seas, shipwreck, foreign lands, strange people, snakebite, healings, more stops in foreign ports, new adventures. And, if we followed the next 2,000 years after the birth of the church in Acts, we would see the action ...


Appointments for the week of February 18, 2019

2/18/2019

Hal Hamilton, from associate at Tulsa First to Cornerstone International, effective Feb. 15. John Vick to Associate Edmond Acts 2 effective March 1, 2019. Robert Duran, from Cherokee/Prairie Valley to Associate Pastor at Tulsa-Asbury, effective July 1, 2019. Kurt Glassco to Turley effective January 1, 2019.  


28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 27

2/11/2019

WEEK 27 - ACTS 27 - February 11, 2019 Written by Rev. Dr. Matt Judkins, Pastor, McAlester First UMC; Jurisdictional Conference Delegate     Travel is always fraught with risks, but Paul’s journey to Rome by ship was particularly difficult. During Paul’s life, travel by sea was incredibly dangerous. Without the benefit of modern meteorology, ships and crews faced unpredictable weather which led to poor visibility as well as danger of capsizing if the ship took aboard too much water.     Against ...


28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 26

2/4/2019

WEEK 26 - ACTS 26 - February 4, 2019 Written by Cindy Hull, member - Waynoka UMC; former conference United Methodist Women's president.          This week we find Paul pleading his case before King Agrippa and Governor Festus in Jerusalem. He tells of his being transformed from the strictest of Jews to a champion of Christ, his Lord and Savior. He makes his case that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of what “the prophets and Moses said would take place.”       Trying to make persons understand ...


Only the humble

2/1/2019

By Bishop Jimmy Nunn Jimmy, a guide, gives instructions on how to enter the “eye of the needle.” Photo by Bishop Jimmy Nunn. A bus load of Oklahoma Conference clergy and spouses joined me on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in January. Many of the clergy had been ordained in recent years. About half of the group had never been to the land of the Bible prior to this trip. It was a great trip. I want to express my appreciation to Educational Opportunities, our guide for their service and financial ...


Focus on Discipleship

1/31/2019

What will you do with this Epiphany Season? Focus on Discipleship!   With Ash Wednesday not until March 5, the season of Epiphany is 8 weeks long this year. What will you do with all that time? I suggest something very simple – focus on discipleship! For those who plan and lead worship, the lectionary provides a wonderful journey through the beginning of Luke’s gospel following a brief sojourn over to John on Human Relations Day where we will remember Jesus turning water into wine. Talk ...


28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 25

1/28/2019

WEEK 25 - ACTS 25 – January 28, 2019 Written by Fuxia Wang, director of International Ministries, OU Wesley Foundation - Norman; Jurisdictional Conference Delegate    This week we will look at Acts 25 and see how God’s plan came to pass in Paul’s life.  May the Lord open up this passage in a much greater way for us this week. Amen.       By the end of Acts 24, Paul had been in prison for two whole years, even though he was completely innocent of any wrong doing. By that time, Paul had already ...


28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 24

1/18/2019

WEEK 24 - ACTS 24 – January 21, 2019 Written by Kent Fulton, Chancellor of the Oklahoma Conference, New Covenant UMC - Edmond; General Conference Alternate Delegate; Second Laity Alternate to the Judicial Council    In the secular world and within our own denomination, we may look to the courts or to the Judicial Council for justice.  In doing so, we place our hope in the institutions of humankind, and yet, this can lead to disappointment as these institutions are as flawed as the individuals...


28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 23

1/14/2019

WEEK 23 - ACTS 23 - January 14, 2019   Written by Rev. Jessica Moffatt, Lead Pastor, Tulsa First UMC, General Conference Delegate, Jurisdictional Delegate.         Over Christmas, I had houseguests.  Lots of house guests.  Three bedrooms full of out-of-state family members.  I was delighted to host because this was the first time we have all been together since four people have married into our family.      It was a time of discovery and acceptance and deep, deep love.  Do we all see the world ...


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