Be Encouraged: Notes and Thoughts from Bishop Trimble

Message: A call to prayer in the face of storms

Message: A call to prayer in the face of storms

Rev. Dr. Charles Albert Tindley, a Methodist minister, and gospel music composer wrote in one of his most notable hymns, which is featured in our United Methodist Hymnal, “When the storms of life are raging stand by me."   Dear Beloved,  As the world looks to offer thoughts, prayers for ...

Steadfast in prayer for those affected by Hurricane Harvey

Steadfast in prayer for those affected by Hurricane Harvey

Brothers and Sisters,  As Hurricane, now turned Tropical Storm Harvey continues to plow through the southern United States, we will continue to be steadfast in prayer.  Harvey has made landfall for the second time and is now, in addition to Texas, targeting Louisiana with unprecedented ...

Reflections from the Ministers March for Justice

Reflections from the Ministers March for Justice

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;     and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,     and to walk humbly with your God?     Micah 6:8 (NRSV) Today I've joined ministry colleagues and other faith leaders in Washington, D.C. to march with ...

A Call for Christian civility and justice

A Call for Christian civility and justice

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters — God said, "Let there be light." And so light appeared. God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the ...

Preaching Truth Still Matters

Preaching Truth Still Matters

Brother and Sisters,   I come to you this evening with a message that I did not intend to send today. In fact, I began this day with another topic on my heart and mind, however as I listened, watched, and learned more about the recent news in Charlottesville, Va., the Holy Spirit changed ...

Prayer, Hope, and Unity

Prayer, Hope, and Unity

As we continue to process these past several weeks in our United Methodist Church, we each have asked the question: “What next?”  Members, leaders, clergy, and bishops across the Connection waited patiently throughout the days as the Judicial Council debated how to best move forward. In ...

A statement on the Judicial Council ruling

A statement on the Judicial Council ruling

Brothers and Sisters,  The United Methodist Judicial Council ruled on Friday, April 28 that the consecration of a gay bishop violates church law. The ruling also stated that Bishop Karen Oliveto “remains in good standing,” until an administrative or judicial process is completed. I, along ...

An Invitation to Prayer and Statement on the April 2017 Judicial Council Meeting

An Invitation to Prayer and Statement on the April 2017 Judicial Council Meeting

To Clergy and Laity of the Indiana Conference, Greetings to you in the name of our Risen Savior Jesus Christ. I claim all the joy, today and every day, to be unapologetically Christian and unashamedly United Methodist. We are Easter People who have been called to be hope and demonstrate ...

We Are Easter People

We Are Easter People

We Are Easter People   Water washed and Spirit born. Fragile and favored all together, Creatures not Creator, Clay vessels full of hope, We Are Easter People.   We know the story and still weep. We hear the question and pause in prayer. Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone? From Gary to ...

Fasting Without Excuses

Fasting Without Excuses

Procrastination has been defined as disobedience in slow motion. I laughed when I first heard a pastor friend illuminate our disobedience to God in a sermon. Since hearing this poignant description of putting off what we know to be the right path, I approach the season of Lent differently....

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