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Staying Connected 3.21.19


Posted By on Mar 21, 2019

Things seem out of control? Watch this video on Facebook: Why We WorryPreview for March 24, 2019Posted by Vermont Hills UMC on Thursday, March 21, 2019 And for those who don’t do Facebook, here it is on Youtube: For this Sunday, we’re reading Chapter 30 of We Make the Road by Walking: “Why We Worry, Why We Judge” New Photo Directory  In an effort for all of us to know everyone else, we will be taking photos this Sunday for a new...

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PubChat: working for change


Posted By on Mar 19, 2019

This video talks about working for change from within a religious community. This is an important discussion from Vermont Hills right now as we prepare to work for the future of the Methodist church. Watch it and then come to the Lodge at Cascade Brewing (7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97225) at 6 Tuesday...

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Staying Connected 3.14.19


Posted By on Mar 14, 2019

What if your “eternal life” starts here and now?  Watch this video on Facebook: Life of the Ages?preview for March 17, 2019Posted by Vermont Hills UMC on Thursday, March 14, 2019 And for those who don’t do Facebook, here it is on Youtube: For this Sunday, we’re reading Chapter 29 of We Make the Road by Walking: “Your Secret Life” New (photo-less) Directory  The directory has been revamped and a prototype will be available this...

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Poetics of Transition

Poetics of Transition


Posted By on Mar 14, 2019

I (Bo) had the pleasure of being on the Theopoetics Podcast to talk about my transition away from evangelicalism. I retired from evangelism early this year but have not really had the chance to debrief that with anyone. My friend Tim reached out to offer me the space to do that publicly. It was a wonderful experience and we covered a LOT of ground. The 1/4 was about the past but then we moved into the present and the future. We also...

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Will the past save us? (sermon)


Posted By on Mar 12, 2019

Here are my sermon notes from the past week – video below Will the past save us ? I weekly hear well-meaning people romanticize the ‘early church’ or simple primitive I study this all the time: Books covers Make the past great again We even have something like this happening in our country right now: red hat This has been a major theme for me in the past decade The future of the church is not Europe’s past We have set sail and...

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Staying Connected 3.7.19


Posted By on Mar 7, 2019

Don’t forget to Spring Forward on Saturday night Sunday is “Hat Sunday!”  Wear your favorite hat to worship (men, too!) Woah, so much going on this Sunday!  Watch this video on Facebook: Hat SundaySet your clock forward and wear a hatPosted by Vermont Hills UMC on Thursday, March 7, 2019 And for those who don’t do Facebook, here it is on Youtube: For this Sunday, we’re reading Chapter 28 of We Make the Road by Walking:...

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Catch Up On Sermons (3/2019)

Catch Up On Sermons (3/2019)


Posted By on Mar 5, 2019

The ‘We Make The Road By Walking’ series has been intense and interesting. Here is a list of the last 4 sermons (video) but you can always listen to the audio podcast as well...

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Staying Connected 2.28.19


Posted By on Feb 28, 2019

Is Jesus for the powerful or the powerless?  Here’s a new video on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VermontHillsUMC/videos/368185100670926/ And for those who don’t do Facebook, here it is on Youtube: For this Sunday, we’re reading Chapter 27 of We Make the Road by Walking: “A New Identity” BrainStorming with Bo will be covering “L is for Liberation.”  Here’s an overview. The Traditional Plan passed.  Now what?  Here...

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3 Kinds of Christianity

3 Kinds of Christianity


Posted By on Feb 28, 2019

This Sunday (March 3) we are going to tackle two really interesting approaches to the same topic. At 10:30 our question is, “Is Jesus for the center?” or for the lowly? or for the powerful? or for us all? It is going to be really good conversation! Just before that gathering, we are covering something similar at 9am in BrianStorming (formerly Sunday School) with “L is for Liberation”. Check out the PDF below...

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My Methodist Take

My Methodist Take


Posted By on Feb 27, 2019

Our denomination – the United Methodist Church – had a big meeting for the last 4 days (Special Session of the General Conference) and on the final day, the Traditional Plan (TP) prevailed over 3 others. The other plans were all preferable to me. The Connectional Plan (CP) was a region-by-region approach. The One Church Plan (OCP) was my favorite and it allowed us to ‘agree to disagree’ but remain in unity. The...

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This weekend in BrainStorming with Bo (formerly Sunday School) we are going to address two connected ideas. The first subject is social justice .Why is the term ‘social’ needed in that formulation? Is there a type of justice that is not social? We will tie this in to truly Methodist ideas called ‘social holiness’ and ‘practical divinity’. Then we will turn our attention to the idea of ‘the...

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