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Todd Bergman
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Reflections on Annual Conference 2017 - The Changing Needs of Churches
Reflections of Annual Conference 2017 - The Changing Needs of Churches Yesterday I commented on the life cycles that churches go through. There is birth, life, and death. All three are part of the experience of being a community. I also made the implication...

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Reflections of Annual Conference 2017 - Life Cycles
Reflections on Annual Conference 2017 - Life Cycles of Churches Every year at Annual Conference, we vote on the discontinuance of churches within the boundary of the AC. It is never a cheery moment. It is a reminder of the nature of life and death. This yea...

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Reflections on Annual Conference 2017 - What is the UMC? part 5
Reflections of Annual Conference 2017 - after the fact Where does the UMC exist? I think this question has been at the center of our exploration of mission and purpose for a number of years. It has been central to our Annual Conference through structural ch...

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Reflections on Annual Conference 2017 - The Hard Question. Part 4.
Reflections of Annual Conference 2017. This was written after returning home from Annual Conference. The Circle of Care represents our ministry to children in the state of Oklahoma. We operate homes and foster care programs to give children a safe place to ...

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Reflections on Annual Conference 2017 - The mission. Part 3.
Reflections of Annual Conference 2017. This was begun during Annual Conference last week. In the Conference Lay Leader report, we heard that we have been desiring the exact same thing for 55 years: to make disciples. In 55 years, we have not found an effect...

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Reflections on Annual Conference 2017 - The Budget. Part 2
Reflections of Annual Conference 2017. This was written last week during Annual Conference. During our pre-conference budget session, we heard that the budget is being cut by less than 2%. That number is a very conservative response to the deficit we experi...

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Reflection on Annual Conference 2017 part 1
Reflection of Annual Conference 2017. This was written a week ago during Annual Conference. Each year at Memorial Day, United Methodists from across Oklahoma gather to discuss ministry and functions of administering the life of the people called United Meth...

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Who is feeding the church?
Working through the sermon for this week, I ran into a question that really needs to be processed in the larger arena of a church. Who is responsible for a disciple's spiritual "feeding"? The impetus for this thought really grows out of the complaint I have...

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The Latest on the United Methodist Church
On Friday evening, the 28th of April, the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church released their decision regarding some very challenging issues that are at the top of our life together as United Methodists. There were various topics of law and Disc...

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Why Dungeons and Dragons?
There is a revival of role-playing games happening right now. In particular, the progenitor of most role-playing games is seeing a surge in popularity and publicity. Dungeons and Dragons is becoming a media license unlike it has ever been. And I love it! Du...
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