It was with at least a little trepidation – a sort of a homesick feeling – that I approached the entrance to the ABAC Conference Center to attend Annual Conference this year. It would be the first time I attended Annual Conference without my wife Debi, who passed away earlier this year. Though some might not share in the excitement, the yearly gathering was something we always looked forward to – as an affirmation to our calling to the ministry and as a time for visiting old friends, making new ones, and as a time of spiritual “recharging.” This year, it just didn’t feel the same; I wasn’t thrilled about being at Annual Conference.
Macon native Jim Towson, Jr. has joined the South Georgia Conference Office of Connectional Ministries staff as Associate Director for Life Span Ministries. Towson, who began on June 1, succeeds Rev. Adam Ricker, who has been appointed to start a new church in Richmond Hill.
The purpose of the Bishop's Hour is for me to come out and be with the people, to draw close to them and to teach and to care for them.
There are a few universal truths for United Methodist preachers’ kids: whenever the church doors are open, they’re at church; if there’s a death or a funeral during a family vacation, the vacation is interrupted or put on hold; and goodbyes are said and new friends are made every few years as families move to new towns and new appointments.
Even as a young boy in Vacation Bible School I wanted to serve God; I always wanted to serve God. At the age of 12 or 13 I was baptized in a Baptist church, and at that baptism I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior.
The Book of Judges tells us that after the Hebrews gained a foothold in the Promised Land, God kept a few hostile nations around "to test all those in Israel who had no experience of any war in Canaan." The writer says: "It was only that successive generations of Israelites might know war, to teach those who had no experience of it before" (see Judges 2:10-3:6).
Danish scientist Niels Bohr once said, “Forecasting is difficult, especially when it's about the future.” What else could it be about than the future! But as we today look at the country of Palestine in the period from about 1200 to1000 B.C., forecasting doesn't seem too difficult, for like in our day, “history kept repeating itself.”