Daily Digest: August 5, 2014

“When you understand that Scripture is a library, you are freed from the burden of harmonizing books that don't have much harmony. You can allow each text to breathe its own truth.”
– The Rev. Talbot Davis, pastor of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C.




Commentary: Bible not a book but a library
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (UMNS) — The Rev. Talbot Davis, pastor of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Charlotte, shares five benefits he sees to reading the Bible not as a single book but as a collection of God-breathed books.

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Downtown Denver Partnership honors church
DENVER (UMNS) — Trinity United Methodist Church, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in its current location last year, was one of six groups honored by the Downtown Denver Partnership for contributions to the center city. “The Trinity United Methodist Church family is humbled to receive this recognition for service in and to the downtown community and beyond,” said the Rev. Michael Dent, Trinity’s senior pastor.

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Online support group helps pastors in recovery
NEW YORK (UMNS) — An online support group for pastors in recovery is being launched this month by the United Methodist Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence. The Aug. 12 meeting, facilitated by a pastor in recovery, is set from noon to 1 p.m. ET.

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Bangladesh Methodist Church turns 30
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) — World Methodist Council General Secretary the Rev. Ivan Abrahams has offered congratulations on the 30th anniversary of the Bangladesh Methodist Church in a letter to Bishop Nibaron Das.

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Fresh idea: Vegetable garden
CENTERVILLE, Ohio (UMNS) — Youth at Centerville United Methodist Church have grown vegetables this summer to help provide fresh produce for low-income families in the community, the Dayton Daily News reports.

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History of Hymns: ‘Precious Lord, Take My Hand’
DALLAS (UMNS) — Many hymns are conceived in the throes of tragedy. "Precious Lord" was written in Chicago in 1932 following the death of Thomas Andrew Dorsey's wife Nettie and their infant son during childbirth. In his column for the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, C. Michael Hawn shares how a musician who made his name in jazz and blues also became known as the “Father of Black Gospel Music,” and created a hymn still beloved today.

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