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Easter Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett

4/16/2017

Who will Roll Away the Stone? Mark 16:1-8 Have you ever driven on Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky? The scenery is absolutely incredible, especially in the Spring when Redbud trees, pines, flowering plants, mountains and running water dot the landscape. But I think that the most unusual landmark is the big rock – a boulder actually. Though you might miss it if you aren’t looking for it, once you spot it you are likely to do a double take. The rock is three times the size of the car it has ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Fresh Expressions

4/5/2017

Dear Friends, Though much is changing in our culture and world, God continues to work through Christians to reach others for Christ. Recently the North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida New Church Teams partnered to host a day that focused on a “fresh” way of doing this. 90+ persons participated in the March 30th Fresh Expressions Vision Day hosted by Prattville First United Methodist Church. Participants learned of an evangelism process that has had a positive outcome since its inception in 2004...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: What will you add to your life this Lent?

2/27/2017

Dear Friends, I am inspired by the season of Lent which begins this year on Wednesday, March 1. During the 40 days (excluding Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter we especially focus on Jesus’ life, suffering and death on our behalf. Each year I look forward to Lenten practices. I especially appreciate the “feasting” emphasis on the day before Ash Wednesday (Shrove Tuesday); the Ash Wednesday concentration on the finitude of humanity and repenting (turning back to God); daily Lenten and ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Refugees

2/7/2017

Dear Friends, During the past several days, much has been written and said about the impact of the recent executive order on immigration and refugees. Though responses to the order range from outrage to support to everything in between – most Christ-followers agree on several points. We are deeply concerned about how the complex matters related to refugees and immigration affect lives and families. We serve a Savior who calls us to action that includes feeding the hungry, giving water to the ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Impressions of the Initial Meeting of the Commission on a Way Forward

1/30/2017

Dear Friends, As many of you know, I am one of the members of the Commission on a Way Forward. Today’s blog is devoted to sharing some of my overall impressions of our initial meeting, which took place January 23-26 (www.umc.org/news-and-media/commission-on-a-way-forward-holds-organizational-meeting). Impression 1:  This task is both important and exhausting! It is important because it provides a venue for a group of United Methodist leaders representing diverse ideologies, theologies and ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Praying Our Way Forward – Phase 2

1/2/2017

Dear Friends, Prayer connects us to God. Indeed, praying focuses us on listening attentively for God to speak. The 2016 General Conference authorized the Council of Bishops to name a Commission to discern a way forward for our beloved United Methodist Church. Recognizing that following God’s leadership begins with prayer, the Council of Bishops has called the church to “Pray Our Way Forward” as the Commission does its work. You may know that phase 1 of “Praying Our Way Forward” involved 84 ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Here’s Hope. His name is Jesus!

12/24/2016

Dear Friends, Every time I hold a newborn baby – I feel hope. Hope for the family of the child . . . the world . . . the human race. Someone has said that a baby is God’s vote of confidence for the future. I agree! Indeed, a newborn child is the most powerful symbol of hope I know. Never was such hope at a more significant pitch than 20 centuries ago when Simeon and Anna met the newborn Jesus. (Luke 2:22-40) As soon as they saw the baby Jesus they realized that he was the fulfillment of all of ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Advent Yeasting

11/30/2016

Dear Friends, I have a delicious, no fail, sourdough bread recipe! It involves a three-step process spread over 1½ days. The key to the recipe is to give the bread dough time to “yeast” – Sue Monk Kidd’s word for allowing bread to rise. Kidd tells of making the bread with the assistance of her five year old daughter, Ann. When they got to the part of adding yeast and covering the dough with a dishcloth so that it would rise, little Ann wrinkled her brow and asked, “Aren’t you going to finish?” “...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Presidential Election

11/16/2016

Dear Friends, Like the rest of the country, North Alabama United Methodists are responding in a variety of ways to the outcome of last week’s presidential election. Some are dismayed . . . others are pleased . . . still others have mixed feelings. The contentious campaign leading to last week’s election accentuated the deep divide existing in our country. The campaign is over. The next President of the United States has been elected. What now? My answer to this question would have been the same ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Update on Called General Conference

11/4/2016

Dear Friends, The Council of Bishops decided at this week’s Fall meeting to move toward a special session of the General Conference in either February or March of 2019. We also affirmed Phase 2 of our prayer strategy called Praying our Way Forward. This blog’s Q & A addresses some of the most frequent questions that I am being asked about the purpose and timing of the called General Conference. It also describes how you can participate in Praying Our Way Forward.   Why did the Council of Bishops...


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