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Tipping Points

May 13, 2020

Tipping points are moments in time when momentum and synergy collide, creating new possibilities – possibilities that can change neighborhoods, communities, and churches.

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Listen to the Roving Psalmist

April 08, 2020

by John Thornburg, TMF V.P. of Area Staff

Four words won’t let me go: “I shall not want.” Three other words won’t let me go either: “I lack nothing.”

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One Day at a Time

April 01, 2020

by Tom Locke, TMF President

When uncertain times come, I’ll often catch myself remembering the wisdom of the ancients. Wisdom that comes from experience, from taking a long perspective view. Wisdom born from all the experiences of life – joy and suffering, relationship and isolation.

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God Is With Us and We Are With Each Other

March 23, 2020

Rev. Amy Wilson Feltz, Senior Pastor, St. Paul’s UMC, El Paso

Staring at an empty sanctuary, having just made the decision to suspend Sunday morning worship services in that space, I suddenly felt overwhelmed by the challenge of staying connected with the congregation.

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Preaching Truth

March 23, 2020

by Gil Rendle, retired TMF Sr. Vice President

Preaching is a primary tool of leadership for a pastor, so argues retired bishop Will Willimon in his latest book, Leading With the Sermon.

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The Epworth League

February 25, 2020

Young adults, particularly single ones, rarely find their way to the pew and when they do, often the church is not quite sure what to do with them. It is a conundrum that weighs heavily on the minds of religious researchers and church leaders alike. How do we make space for young adults to feel welcomed and valued? How do we provide discipleship and leadership opportunities for millennials or the rising gen Z, not to mention offer space for community?

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JFON and Texas Impact Collaborate to Mobilize People of Faith for Immigration Reform

January 06, 2020

Our New Year Spotlight shines on San Antonio Region Justice For Our Neighbors (SARJFON), which provides quality, affordable legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers, and its 2019 collaboration with Texas Impact, which advocates for freedom, justice, and economic opportunity for all people, consistent with the values of mainstream faith communities.

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Bynum Miers Stewarded Potential, Moment by Moment

January 06, 2020

by Tom Locke, TMF President

Bynum Miers was a McMurry graduate, committed Methodist, and avid philanthropist. On Christmas Day, we lost a stalwart champion of TMF. And I lost one of my dearest friends.

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Matryoshka Haus

December 30, 2019

Shannon Hopkins, Matryoshka Haus Creative Director

As we begin 2020, TMF shines a light on a story of faith and innovative ministry, Matryoshka Haus. In 2019, TMF Grants provided a grant to this UK-based ministry that is expanding its mission in the United States and working with UMC conferences and congregations.

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Reflections on John Lennon, Mark Beardsley and Jesus Christ

December 18, 2019

by Tom Locke, TMF President

The anniversary of the death of John Lennon just passed. As you recall, Lennon was killed by a deeply troubled young man with a gun on the streets of New York, December 8, 1980 (nearly 40 years ago . . . hard to believe).

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Iconoclast Artists: Standing as Close to Jesus as We Can

December 16, 2019

Matt Russell, Executive Director, Iconoclast Artists

We’re turning our Christmas Season Spotlight on Houston to highlight Iconoclast Artists, a free arts program in Houston and Galveston, Texas, that gives young creative minds from disadvantaged situations a chance to speak out through written, visual and performance art.

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Corazon Ministries: Blessed to Be a Blessing in the Heart of San Antonio

December 10, 2019

Corazon Ministries Board President Kristen Salazar

Our Christmas Season Spotlight is shining a light on the life-changing work of faith-based organizations in Texas, New Mexico and beyond. Our TMF Grants Ministries team led by Jacki Lammert is proud to have had opportunities to support the work of these ministries in 2019. These leaders and organizations are meeting needs of all sizes in their communities.

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