A Note from Pastor Sam: May 2019

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Rev. Dr. Sam Pearson Parkes

Resurrection? Okay. What then? A couple months ago, I started leafing through the pages of a popular, self-helpy sort of book that is sticking close to the top of the bestseller lists. (Looking at books that hang around on those lists can give us an insight to what is happening in the culture and what kinds of ideas people are … Read More

A Note from Pastor Sam: April 2019

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Rev. Dr. Sam Pearson Parkes

What I’m Reading This month, I thought I would share a bit about what I’m reading these days. I don’t have as much time to read as I would like (do any of us?), but these are the paper books and audiobooks that are informing my thoughts and leadership right now. I’ll also include one of my favorite podcasts that … Read More

A Message from Pastor Sam: February 22, 2019

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Rev. Dr. Sam Pearson Parkes

Hello, Beautiful People! Beginning this Saturday, February 23, 2019, through Tuesday, February 26, 2019, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church meets in St. Louis, MO. General Conference is made up of an equal number of clergy and lay delegates who vote on matters that eventually become church law, as recorded in the latest edition of The Book of … Read More

A Message from Rev. Dr. Sam Parkes: February 2019

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Rev. Dr. Sam Pearson Parkes

Not All Love is Blind Chaucer said it first in his Canterbury Tales. But it didn’t catch on as a popular phrase until, as with so many others, Shakespeare said it: But love is blind and lovers cannot see The pretty follies that themselves commit; That’s from The Merchant of Venice. But Will S. also turns the phrase in Two … Read More

A Message from Rev. Dr. Sam Parkes: January 2019

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Rev. Dr. Sam Pearson Parkes

Bags Packed! Ready to Go, God! Hello, Beautiful People! Welcome to 2019! This is the year! It’s time to hike forward together, to invite new friends to journey with us (they might even adjust our routes and plans), and to discover new horizons and destinations that God is calling us to. I love to hike. Some of our church members … Read More

A Message from Rev. Dr. Sam Parkes: September 2018

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Rev. Dr. Sam Pearson Parkes

Hello, Beautiful People! In my early sermons at MEUMC, I tried to outline what I think are the most important characteristics of genuine Christian community. The first hallmark I named was this: God’s Word ALWAYS wants to become flesh. While the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ is the supreme example of enfleshment, it is not singular, some event in … Read More

A Message from Rev. Dr. Sam Parkes: August 2018

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Rev. Dr. Sam Pearson Parkes

Hello, Beautiful People! You have made me feel so welcome here in Mary Esther that I do believe I will stay awhile. I have enjoyed working with your outstanding and creative staff as well as your enthusiastic and fun laity. If this is a honeymoon, then I’m enjoying it! Our initial worship series, “This I Believe” has been well-attended! We … Read More