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A preaching institute inspires the Rev. Jim Parsons to take a poetic look at the path of his sacred vocation. more

Mar 23, 2017 12:17 PM Jim Parsons

Baltimore

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The Rev. Jim Parsons believes it's necessary, even urgent, to preach about current events – but not to the exclusion of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is counter-cultural and speaks naturally against evil. more

Feb 16, 2017 3:52 PM Ordained Ministry

German Refugees

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There's a consistent thread in the Bible about our duty to welcome strangers -- refugees and immigrants -- in our midst, writes the Rev. Jim Parsons, who quotes chapter and verse as well. more

Jan 30, 2017 5:46 PM Jim Parsons

Blessed graphic

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It has become a common meme on social media, but Jesus meant more than having a good life when he taught about what makes us blessed, writes the Rev. Jim Parsons. more

Jan 18, 2017 3:32 PM Jim Parsons

Vote

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There isn't any such thing as a "True Christian Candidate," says the Rev. Jim Parsons, and it's time we stop deluding ourselves that politics can produce a messiah. more

Mar 10, 2016 4:36 PM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

Think preaching is a breeze for your pastor? Then check out the inner thoughts of the Rev. Jim Parsons as he's in the pulpit. more

Feb 25, 2016 1:17 PM Local Church

Revelation

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Contemplating the turning of the year, the Rev. Jim Parsons seeks God's revelation for how to live his life as a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. more

Jan 7, 2016 6:10 PM Practicing Faith

Golden Gun

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Trying to respond pastorally and propheticaly to the latest mass shootings in America, the Rev. Jim Parsons came to a hard truth: Guns are America's idols. more

Oct 15, 2015 6:00 PM Jim Parsons 3 Comments

Hands

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The Rev. Jim Parsons recently got reacquainted with United Methodism's connectional tradition, and he thinks we ought to make more and better use of it. more

Aug 13, 2015 11:04 AM Local Church

Sacred Cow

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Knowing what constitutes a congregation's "sacred bundle" proves crucial in shepherding the process of change, writes the Rev. Jim Parsons. more

May 29, 2015 10:41 AM Local Church

A preaching institute inspires the Rev. Jim Parsons to take a poetic look at the path of his sacred vocation. more

Mar 23, 2017 12:17 PM Jim Parsons

Baltimore

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The Rev. Jim Parsons believes it's necessary, even urgent, to preach about current events – but not to the exclusion of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is counter-cultural and speaks naturally against evil. more

Feb 16, 2017 3:52 PM Ordained Ministry

German Refugees

UM Insight Screencap/Church & Society

There's a consistent thread in the Bible about our duty to welcome strangers -- refugees and immigrants -- in our midst, writes the Rev. Jim Parsons, who quotes chapter and verse as well. more

Jan 30, 2017 5:46 PM Jim Parsons

Blessed graphic

Art (c) Jim Parsons

It has become a common meme on social media, but Jesus meant more than having a good life when he taught about what makes us blessed, writes the Rev. Jim Parsons. more

Jan 18, 2017 3:32 PM Jim Parsons

Vote

Illustration Courtesy of Jim Parsons

There isn't any such thing as a "True Christian Candidate," says the Rev. Jim Parsons, and it's time we stop deluding ourselves that politics can produce a messiah. more

Mar 10, 2016 4:36 PM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

Think preaching is a breeze for your pastor? Then check out the inner thoughts of the Rev. Jim Parsons as he's in the pulpit. more

Feb 25, 2016 1:17 PM Local Church

Revelation

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Contemplating the turning of the year, the Rev. Jim Parsons seeks God's revelation for how to live his life as a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. more

Jan 7, 2016 6:10 PM Practicing Faith

Golden Gun

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Trying to respond pastorally and propheticaly to the latest mass shootings in America, the Rev. Jim Parsons came to a hard truth: Guns are America's idols. more

Oct 15, 2015 6:00 PM Jim Parsons 3 Comments

Hands

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The Rev. Jim Parsons recently got reacquainted with United Methodism's connectional tradition, and he thinks we ought to make more and better use of it. more

Aug 13, 2015 11:04 AM Local Church

Sacred Cow

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Knowing what constitutes a congregation's "sacred bundle" proves crucial in shepherding the process of change, writes the Rev. Jim Parsons. more

May 29, 2015 10:41 AM Local Church

Changes Ahead

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The Rev. Jim Parsons looks to a leadership course to provide guidance on enacting changes necessary to the life of the church. more

Apr 15, 2015 12:55 PM Jim Parsons

Listen

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If there's one social and spiritual skill that the Rev. Jim Parsons wishes more United Methodists would adopt, it's this one. more

Mar 13, 2015 12:42 PM Jim Parsons

Also known as the 'bridge generation," Generation X gets overlooked too often in the church's age-related ministries, and that's an injustice them and us, writes the Rev. Jim Parsons. more

Nov 13, 2014 2:33 PM 1 Comments

Lottery

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The Rev. Jim Parsons does the math on how much better the church would fare if people who play the lottery each week gave that money to their congregations instead. more

Nov 10, 2014 10:38 AM Jim Parsons

Even though he has "aged out" of the category by just a couple of years, the Rev. Jim Parsons argues that defining young clergy as those under age 35 remains a good thing. more

Oct 30, 2014 3:37 PM Jim Parsons

Discipline Wesley

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A consultation on United Methodist ministry brings the Rev. Jim Parsons to a revelation: it makes sense to create a Global Discipline that defines United Methodist identity, but leaves church polity and administration to regional authority. more

Aug 20, 2014 10:00 AM Global Nature 1 Comments

ME Church South

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Current talk about dividing The United Methodist Church prompts the Rev. Jim Parsons to review the historic split between northern and southern branches of the church over the abolition of slavery in the 19th century. more

May 29, 2014 4:40 PM Jim Parsons 1 Comments

Looking back over a hectic two years in his current appointment, the Rev. Jim Parsons discovers that a seemingly small effort to update his church's nursery symbolizes big changes in hospitality. more

May 6, 2014 5:30 PM Jim Parsons 1 Comments

As the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, the absence of the Church (with a big "C") from contemporary health care gives the Rev. Jim Parsons reasons to ponder and lament the development. more

Oct 4, 2013 4:31 PM Jim Parsons 1 Comments

Leadership

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In an essay first written in 2008, the Rev. Jim Parsons offers guidance for nominating committees and pastors who need to find leaders for their congregations. more

Apr 17, 2013 2:50 PM Jim Parsons