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The Conference Blog had its beginnings prior to 2013, but an ongoing, almost weekly version began here: Western North Carolina Conference Blog 2.0.  The blog continues in a new place as a part of the conference website.

Opinions expressed in these articles are completely the views of the author and are not an official statement from the conference.

March 20, 2018

I’ve Been “Benched”

by Carroll Harris  “’tis a gift to be simple, tis a gift to be free, ‘tis a gift to come down where I ought to be. And when I am in the place just right, I will be in the valley of love and delight. ...

March 13, 2018

A Love Story

By Mary W. Brown I want to tell you a love story.   I can’t remember the exact moment it started.  I heard this book read out loud during worship before I could even understand what its words meant. ...

March 06, 2018

Personal Examination

By Burt Williams Some Questions I ask myself every so often as a pastor: Who am I trying to please --  my congregation or God? Who am I reading? Who am I allowing to influence me? Who am I quoting, ...

February 27, 2018

Speaking Life and Love

by Sarah S. Howell-Miller   If you ever want to leave a pastor speechless, invite him or her to speak at a Planned Parenthood event.   I got such an invitation at the beginning of the year from a ...

February 20, 2018

Held up at the Gate

By Telia Hand-Broadnax   As I drove through the gates of the parking deck on my way to yet another doctor's appointment the car in front of me came to a complete stop. No warning, no heads up;  just a...

February 14, 2018

Love, Justice, and Ashes

By Amy Vaughan   This year, a cosmic happenstance -- Ash Wednesday on Valentine’s Day, and Easter on April Fool’s Day!   May these three short poems about love, justice, and ashes carry you through ...

February 06, 2018

5 Bold Moves Your Church Should Make Now

By Nancy Rankin   Realize that Discipleship Begins at Home:  We talk a lot about people being more intentional about sharing their faith but we assume all have a faith to share.  Many good church ...

January 31, 2018

Money Myths: “Just a Tool”

By A.J. Thomas Money is just a tool.  You can use it wisely or foolishly. Money, in and of itself, is neither good nor bad.  It’s a matter of how you use it.   Many of us have been taught the ...

January 25, 2018

The Gospel of And

By Drew McIntyre We live in a world of either/or, but the gospel demands an and.   At our best, Christians in the way of the Wesleys do not choose between caring for bodies and souls.  To put it ...

January 16, 2018

The Most Dangerous...

By Kel Billings This past weekend we were remembering the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A hero of mine, here’s why - King wished to stay in Georgia and pastor a church, ...

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