Be Encouraged: Notes and Thoughts from Bishop Trimble

Taking Jesus Seriously

Taking Jesus Seriously

When we read of the ministry of Jesus in the Bible, we are reminded that every encounter with Jesus resulted in changed lives. Listening, learning, healing, following, forgiving, sharing, and calling those who would become followers to bring others to a new way of living. When calling ...

Where Have All the Prophets Gone?

Where Have All the Prophets Gone?

To preach biblically is to preach prophetically. Loving God and following Jesus who calls us to love our neighbor is a reminder for me that no flag of any country flies higher than the cross. “Learn to do right! Encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case ...

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

May 2017 bring you joy during the journey. In conversation with a sister of mine, I was reminded of the important work I have to do in 2017. She reminded me that OUR MOST IMPORTANT WORK is the work we do on and with ourselves, "inside work." In the winter months Tim, the handyman, doing ...

What Gift Shall We Bring

What Gift Shall We Bring

They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh. In a dream, they were warned not to report back to Herod. So they worked out another route, ...

Christmas is coming

Christmas is coming

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you ...

Celebrating Children this Christmas

Celebrating Children this Christmas

As I reflect upon my first several months as the resident bishop of the Indiana Area, I can’t help but feel a deep gratitude towards the warm welcome that you have offered my family and me, as well as the Kingdom work we have witnessed thus far during our time in Indiana.   One of the many...

A Time to Pray

A Time to Pray

Brothers and Sisters -  I invite all United Methodists in Indiana and beyond to pray with me for our nation and our leaders. At 12 p.m. EST, Tuesday, November 8 at Roberts Park United Methodist Church (in the Sanctuary) at 401 N. Delaware Street in Downtown Indianapolis, I will gather ...

The World Series is a sign of hope

The World Series is a sign of hope

All is right with the world. Yes, this may seem a bit of extreme optimism or naivety. However, I have evidence of this as the World Series is underway. I may be the only person living in Indianapolis Metro who is both a Chicago Cubs fan and a Cleveland Indians fan. To be more accurate, I ...

A More Excellent Way

A More Excellent Way

O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. – Psalm 8:1 (KJV) Guidelines for United Methodists during this election season   From ¶164b of the United Methodist Book of Discipline on the Political Community and Political ...

Glory Sightings: The Children came with joy

Glory Sightings: The Children came with joy

A few weeks ago, I attended Sunday worship at Carmel UMC where the Rev. Patti Napier preached an excellent sermon, and the music and hospitality were deeply touching. What struck me, though, was when the children were invited to come forth for the children's sermon before departing for...

Page 1 of 2 1 2 next
Connect with us
Subscribe to our emails

Keep up with the latest news, information and inspiration.