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Comfort and Hope in Tragedy

From the floods in Houston to earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan, the United Methodist Church is bringing comfort and hope to those affected by tragedy.  The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the United Methodist “first responders” when tragedy strikes. Bishop Palmer, resident Bishop of the West Ohio conference, writes to the churches of […]

Are you a Victim of Identity Theft?

Protecting our identity is something all of us value. When someone accesses our records, we are at risk. Our personal information, no longer personal, is in the hands of someone who can threaten our security. As children of God, we sometimes forget who and whose we are. Our identity as daughters and sons of God […]

The Eradication of Malaria

Malaria is a preventable disease that kills over a half million people a year in Africa. According to recent statistics 430,000 of the reported 584,000 malaria deaths were children under the age of five. The West Ohio Conference, under the leadership of Bishop Gregory Palmer has led the denomination, in the effort to eradicate malaria, […]

Your Legacy Gift and The Legacy of HPCUMC

For decades, the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church Endowment program has been a vehicle in which individuals and families may express their love for Jesus Christ and HPCUMC. For over 40 years individuals and families have seen fit to enhance the mission and ministry of HPCUMC through their estate plans, wills, and gifts to […]

A Doubting Faith?

Have you ever had doubts or insecurities about your faith? Are you skeptical at times about God or wonder why God seems to be absent? If so, you are definitely not alone. Maybe you’re just more open and honest about your feelings than a lot of people you know. In fact, I would say that […]

Resurrection Hope, Resurrection Living

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! This is the proclamation of the women who visited the tomb of Jesus that first Easter morning. This is the great Easter proclamation of the first century church, and the church of the twenty-first century! It is a proclamation of a current reality and a future hope. God […]

Jesus: A Jewish Rabbi with a Twist

He did things rabbis did. Teaching in the synagogue on the Sabbath, Jesus embraced tradition. He also practiced what Luke Powery, of Duke University, calls “traditioned innovation.” Powery describes it: Jesus embodies a both-and, not an either-or posture. Jesus works within a tradition but is not enslaved by it. He is free from it, though […]

Jesus and the Law

Jesus teaches: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them”. The laws of Moses and the teachings of the Prophets had one purpose, and the entirety of scripture reflects this purpose. Jesus said all the commandments are summed […]

It’s Mine!

If you observe a two-year old with their favorite toy, you will notice that they are not eager to share. At some level they are fearful that someone will come and take away their toy. At that young age, they cannot understand how sharing works. The toy can be enjoyed by another without it’s being […]

Lesson from the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount (Chapters 5-7 of Matthew’s Gospel) is Jesus’ comprehensive teachings on life, much of it an alternative to the teachings of the religious elite of His day. The overarching theme of Jesus’ message is living in relationship with God and one another; how we treat one another, and the respect we […]