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The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins

Jamie Jenkins is an ordained elder in the North Georgia Conference who retired July 1, 2013 after 41 years. He and his wife, Lena, are enjoying this new phase of life.

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Jamie Jenkins is an ordained elder in the North Georgia Conference who retired July 1, 2013 after 41 years. He and his wife, Lena, are enjoying this new phase of life. He writes a weekly blog.

Before retiring, Jamie served as director of New Church Development for the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Earlier he served as the Executive Assistant to Bishop Watson, supervising the Benefits Office and the Office of Communication. He also served as Executive Secretary of the Conference Trustees and the Executive Officer of the Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits. 

Jamie's previous appointments include: Director of Ministerial Services and Spiritual Formation; Atlanta-Marietta District Superintendent; Roopville UMC; Comer UMC; Bright Star UMC; and Aldersgate UMC. He was also awarded North Georgia's Denman Award for Evangelism.  

Jamie and his wife, Lena, are natives of Mobile, Alabama. They are active at Peachtree Road UMC. Their family includes Jonas, Jennifer, Jason, and his wife, Keiko and their grandchildren, Jamie and Felicia. He enjoys people, traveling, and playing table tennis.

Jamie has served as a General Conference Delegate in 2000, 2004, and 2008, has been a delegate to the last four Jurisdictional Conferences, and served as General Conference reserve delegate in 1996.


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Jamie Jenkins: Carpe Diem

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

 

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. I know you have heard that before. So what do you make of it.

If the circumstances of this day are desirable, should you expect that to be the case forever? If you find yourself in an unpleasant situation, does that mean the rest of life is going to be bad?

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Jamie Jenkins: Health and Wholeness

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Mental Health 3

Americans are very health conscious. Regularly we see and hear reports about obesity, heart disease, and cancer. There is much concern currently over the flu virus that has swept the country.

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January 04, 2015

Jamie Jenkins: Change and Changeless

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

I don’t like change. I am comfortable starting my day pretty much the same way all the time, or at least most of the time. An occasional break from routine is good but before long I want things to get back to normal.
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November 27, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: An Attitude of Gratitude

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

As we approach the National Day of Thanksgiving it is appropriate to examine our attitude. Is it one of thankfulness or do we suffer from the common sin of ingratitude?
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November 20, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: The Center of the World

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Just a few miles south of Hartwell, Georgia there is an historical marker and stone monument that declare that this spot is the 'Center of the World.' When you see the marker and note the rural surroundings you wonder how that designation came to be.
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October 24, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Dreams May Take Time

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

Ancient Corinth controlled the two major harbors and thus command of the trade routes between Asia and Rome. In those days small ships were often dragged across the isthmus on a paved road. Larger ships unloaded their cargo, which was then carried across the isthmus and then reloaded onto other ships.
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October 16, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Fitting In--Or Not?

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

When I was eight years old my family moved from a rural community in south Alabama to the city. We lived just a few blocks from the heart of downtown Mobile. My parents were uneducated working class people. It is certainly accurate to say we were not affluent.
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September 11, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: I Want to Understand

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

I want to understand how anyone could think that violence solves anything. Whether it be in Iraq or Gaza or Ferguson, Missouri, or a casino elevator in Atlantic City.
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August 19, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Blessings

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

My wife, a Master Gardener, has devoted many hours (and more than a few dollars) to establishing gravel paths and flower beds with a colorful variety of flowering plants and greenery. Our backyard is a place of beauty and tranquility. I am not always conscious of that but as I was sitting on the patio early one morning I realized how blessed I am.
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August 08, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Pointing the Way

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They are everywhere. You have probably seen them along the roadside or at a busy intersection as you drive around. I am talking about the people with signs pointing you to places that serve food, rent apartments, prepare taxes, are going out of business, or will buy your gold.
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July 02, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Sharing the Road in Ireland

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

"It's not 'my side of the road' or 'your side of the road.' It’s just 'the road' and it's shared as a cooperative adventure.' That is how travel guru Rick Steves describes driving on the narrow rural roads in Ireland.
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June 15, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Learning from Life

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Experience is the best teacher so I have been told. I think that is probably correct but there is an old proverb that adds an appropriate and accurate caveat: 'but the tuition is high.'
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May 24, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Communication

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To put it plainly, communication is a balance of talking, listening, and understanding. It is important to say things clearly, pay attention to what others are saying (or not saying), and make sure that there is common understanding of the interchange.
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May 08, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Living in Chaos

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

I have been living in chaos for the past four weeks. Remodeling a house while still living there is insanity and I am the insane one. I was not (too) crazy before this project but now I have an an excuse (reason) for my craziness
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May 03, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Promises

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

I was stopped at a traffic light when I saw a sign posted in the grass beside the street. In simple block letters it read: 'Psychic Help, All problems solved.' I was intrigued, amused, and a bit irritated.
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April 24, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Museums That Should Not Be

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

I just returned from a trip to The Netherlands and Belgium and I saw more museums than you can shake a stick at.
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April 10, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Temptation

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

There are two things you can count on in life besides death and taxes. The first is temptation.
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April 03, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: An Artist and an Athlete

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

They are siblings. One is an athlete. The other is an artist. Family members value this brother and sister equally. They recognize that they have different natural tendencies and talents. Not in competition with each other. Not better or worse--just different. Both are encouraged to apply themselves and develop their abilities. Society does not necessarily concur with this family’s perspective.
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March 20, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: We Must Get Along

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Bishop Mike Coyner notes that the Apostle Paul was distressed when he saw Christian people at odds with one another. He appealed to the folks at Corinth to 'get along with each other.'
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March 11, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Signs of Spring

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

One of the first signs of spring is when the redbud trees start to bloom. I don’t know why they are called redbuds because the flowers are pink and very pretty. Anyway, I saw the first one in bloom a week or so ago. When that happens you can count on it, winter is on the way out and spring time is near.
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March 02, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Divine Intervention or Luck?

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

Was your good fortune the result of divine intervention as a reward for your faith or was it simply the 'luck of the draw?'
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February 22, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Remodeling

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I have heard that building a house is one of the most difficult things a couple will ever do together. I have never done that but I think buying a house might provide competition for the honor. My wife and I are now engaged in another venture that rivals either of those mentioned above.
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February 15, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: I Wish I'd Said That

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I admit it, I do talk a lot and, OK, I admit that most of it is not very memorable. There are a lot of things I wish I had said. Here are a few of them.
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February 08, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Blessings and Curses: The Internet

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

Pope Francis has blessed the internet. He didn’t sprinkle holy water on it or anything like that but he said it is a 'gift from God.' At the same time he extolled the value of the internet the Pope also called attention to some of the negative implications. While it facilitates communication, he warns that the obsessive desire to stay connected can actually isolate people from their friends and family.
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January 31, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Being Anonymous Can Be a Good Thing

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

When my phone rang the other day caller ID indicated the person on the other end of the line was Anonymous. Since I do not know anyone by that name the call went unanswered.
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January 18, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: The Long Journey Was Worth It

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

Maybe you have heard it said, 'You can’t get there from here.' It is one way to describe how difficult it can be to travel from one place to another. The old saying certainly captured my feeling last month when I traveled to Malaysia.
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January 10, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Every Day Is Saturday

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In retirement, every day is like Saturday. While that is not exactly true, it does describe the change after 41 years of service in the North Georgia Conference. Sunday is the one exception.
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June 18, 2012

Jamie Jenkins: There Are Changes on the Horizon

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

For the past five years my responsibilities have been varied and much of my work was with the retired clergy and their families. In my role as the Director of New Church Development, my new “congregation” will be mainly new church pastors and the folks that they shepherd.
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June 11, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: No Such Thing as an Overnight Success

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. That is a silly way to illustrate the fact that significant tasks are accomplished only with perseverance.
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June 07, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Blessed Are the Peacemakers

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Conflict is not a bad thing. The way we respond to it can be.
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May 28, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: What Are Your Ebenezers?

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

On this Memorial Day Americans encounter many kinds of memorials that remind us of the faithful service and ultimate sacrifice many gave in service to our country and for us. We remember and are grateful.
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May 21, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Hearing God's Word amid the Silence

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

Anyone who knows me knows that I like to talk. But I understand the value of being quiet. So I took a recent 48 hour retreat of silence.
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May 14, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: God Is Always With Us

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

I am grateful that God does show up. And I am glad that it is not just to confirm our decisions and actions. Sometimes God comes to re-direct or correct us. In reality God does not suddenly appear.
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May 07, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Guest Writer Lena Jenkins: Thank God for Our Extended Family

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

One consistent thing in my huge extended dysfunctional family has been the supportive hugs. As a clergy family in North Georgia, we have lived away from relatives for over forty years. I have missed a lot of family hug fests.
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April 30, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Lives are being saved in Africa

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

North Katanga is The United Methodist Church’s episcopal area in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly called Zaire and the Belgian Congo. It is one of the fastest growing areas of the United Methodist Church.
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April 23, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Lend me your vulnerability and compassion

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

Commitment and compassion are not weakness and the ability to command and oppress is not strength. Mary Donovan Turner offers this observation in her reflections on the story of David, Bathsheba, and Uriah (2 Samuel 11).
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April 16, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing Well

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

When we have used our resources and skills to the best of our ability we can expect good results. I am not suggesting that the results will always be excellent but we should not worry about it. There may be imperfections but our goal is not to be perfect. Our goal is to do our best.
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April 09, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: What Is Our Attitude Today?

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

This is the day after Easter. Yesterday we celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus. We sang, "Up from the grave He arose with a mighty triumph o’er His foes. He arose victorious from the dark domain and He lives forever with His saints to reign.” That was yesterday. Where are we and what is our attitude today?
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April 02, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: The Rewards of Believing in Our Risen Savior

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

Call me crazy but as “impossible” as the Resurrection is, it is far more reasonable to believe that Jesus was raised from the dead than it is to believe that I can win the Mega Millions jackpot.
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March 26, 2012

Jamie Jenkins: A Prayer for Those in Outreach Ministries

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

In his latest blog post, Dr. Jamie Jenkins shares the story of a young man who answered the call to ministry in Central America, and offers a prayer by Oscar Romero for all those who minister.
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March 12, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Practicing Radical Hospitality

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

United Methodist Bishop Robert Schnase has identified five practices of fruitful congregations. One of these is what he calls “radical hospitality.”
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March 05, 2012

Offering and Receiving the Gift of Peace

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

“Your flight has been canceled.” That is not the news you want to hear when you arrive at the airport at 9:30 PM for your return flight and you are thousands of miles from home.
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February 27, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Memorizing Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

There are two books that will change your life. Neither of them is on the current Top Ten Best Seller List. You will not see their authors parading through television talk shows promoting their writing. There two books to which I refer are The Bible and the hymnbook. They should be mainstays in every library.
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February 20, 2012

The God we love and serve never changes

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

When I was in my early teens, I read the award-winning novel, The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck. The author was the daughter of missionaries to China. She lived in China from the time of her birth in 1892 until the 1934 uprising. Her novel, about a poor Chinese family’s struggle to survive, opened up a world of Asian culture that was completely foreign to this South Alabama native.
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February 13, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Love Comes from God

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. There is a variety of stories that attempt to explain the history of this special day. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia there are at least three Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, and all of them associated with February 14. Regardless of the origin, the date has long been celebrated as a day of romance.
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February 06, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Let Us Bloom Where We Are Planted

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

Each of us has opportunities to make a difference. To bring hope and help to our world. What idea has God planted in your mind and heart? What need do you see that moves you to want to find a solution?
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January 30, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: What's in a (church) name?

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

What is in a church name? Sometimes it is obvious but sometimes it is hard to tell. Here are some examples.
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January 23, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Reading and studying the scripture is important

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

Many good modern translations have come alongside the King James version of the Bible in the last few decades and I find them to be very helpful. It really does not matter which one is used but it is very important for us to read and study the scriptures.
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January 16, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

As we celebrate his legacy, almost 44 years after his death, I want to share the following quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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January 09, 2012

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: You Might Be a United Methodist If...

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins takes a page from Jeff Foxworthy with a humorous look at life in the United Methodist Church.
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January 02, 2012

Jamie Jenkins: I Am a Work in Progress

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

New Year’s resolutions are too often broken before the calendar has barely been turned. While the start of a new year is a good time to consider things that you need to change in your life, New Year’s resolutions just don’t work for me
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December 26, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Let us continue to joyfully tell the story

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"Bad news travels around the world twice before good news gets its shoes on." That is what one of my teachers told me many years ago. Unfortunately, I believe he was right.
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December 12, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Generosity Is at the Heart of Christmas

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

During this Advent Season as we prepare to celebrate the Greatest Gift, the Christ Child born in a manger, let us be generous. Remember that Jesus said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
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December 05, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Little Things Mean a Lot

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

Little things make a big difference. Sometimes a small act or word can turn a phrase or situation on its head. Do you remember the television commercial a few years ago that featured “Mean” Joe Greene?
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November 28, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Called to Be Peacemakers

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

John Lennon sang, “Imagine all the people living life in peace.” Picturing it in your mind is one thing, but I believe that peace is more than a dream. Peace is possible. We are called to pray for it and we must work for it.
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November 21, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: In everything give thanks

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This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. I look forward to time with family, turkey and dressing (and all the other good stuff), and football. The day also causes me to think about some of the things for which I am thankful.
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November 14, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Our actions and inactions affect countless lives

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Folks who don’t follow college football may not know that Paterno is a class of his own when it comes to winning football games, but they probably know that he lost his job last week and they know why.
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October 31, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Our Quarreling and Contentiousness Can Diminish Our Influence

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

People of faith should be passionate about things that matter but we can still be respectful and gracious towards those with whom we disagree.
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October 24, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Don't Be a Bystander

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

Don’t be a wall flower, a bystander, a spectator. Be a willing participant in the full life that God provides through Jesus Christ. Enjoy it. Share the Good News with others.
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October 17, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: God's Love Can Be Tremendously Transforming

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I enjoy baseball and R&B music. Last Wednesday night they came together wonderfully.
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October 10, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Living in an "As-Is" World

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As followers of Jesus we are called to live in an “as if” world. We recognize our reality but believe that Jesus came to “reconcile all things unto himself.” The lyrics of one of Chris Tomlin’s songs say that Jesus “takes the pieces and turns them to praises.”
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October 03, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: God Is Making Everything New

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

The Old Testament Preacher hinted at the meaninglessness and futility of life when he said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” He suggests that whatever will be has already been (Ecclesiastes 1). There is something to be learned from his comments. However, his pessimism is not the only truth.
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September 26, 2011

How we live is far more important than how long we live

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

The psalmist said that “We live for seventy years or so and with luck we might make it to eighty” and then he adds, “Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well!” (Psalm 90:10, 12, The Message).
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September 19, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: We Must Be Faithful to the Task

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The final score is 59-0. You are the coach of the team that did not score. What do you say to your players after the game and over the next few days?
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September 12, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Pain, Suffering, and Loss Are Part of Life

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While I remember and mourn the events of 9-11-2001, September 11 is a very important day in my family for a very different reason. That day marks the birthday of our first born child.
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September 05, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: The Right Word at the Right Time

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"There is a right time to speak and a right time to be silent" (Ecclesiastes 3:7). Lord, teach us when to speak up and when to shut up.
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August 29, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Neither throw out the past nor be bound by it

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I have been energized by recent conversations with younger clergy. I am encouraged by their passion for the Gospel and their love for the Church. Their perspectives hold tremendous promise but they have challenged me in many ways.
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August 22, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy Go Hand In Hand

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I believe that right actions are informed and undergirded by right beliefs. Orthodoxy and orthopraxy go hand in hand. It is not just believing right or acting right; it is a both. It is important to ask WWJD? but life is not as simple as I wish it was.
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August 15, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: We Need to Know People So We Can Really Love Them

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

God knows us and still loves. We are called to love each other in the same way God loves us. But we need to “know” people so we can really love them.
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August 08, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: God Is Not Put Off by Our Questions

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

I believe that honest inquiry is a pathway to truth and faith. God is not put off by our questions and is willing and able to answer them all.
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August 01, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: There Is a Child in All of Us

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

We might be missing much of the richness of life if we don’t allow the “child” in us to remain alive as we follow Jesus.
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July 25, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Don't Abandon the Past, Build on It

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

Our history is important. We don’t abandon our past but build upon it. The things that we learn from our experiences inform us as we prepare for the future and changes that are needed. God promises us “hope and a future.”
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July 18, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: A Servant and a Success

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

University of Georgia football Coach Mark Richt does not agree that one has to choose between Christian beliefs and career. One can be a servant and a success at the same time.
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July 11, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Effective Ministry Requires Continuous Learning

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

It is certainly inaccurate to think that you can learn it all and then just coast the rest of your ministry. The more you know, the more you realize you don’t know. One must grow in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom to be relevant and effective in ministry. This applies equally to clergy and laity.
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July 04, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Thankful for the Freedoms We Enjoy

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

I am thankful for the freedoms that we enjoy in the country and the price that many people have paid throughout the years to provide and preserve it. Today I also celebrate the freedom that comes from knowing and following Christ.
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June 27, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: New Beginnings

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

This is a day of new beginnings. This line from a fairly new hymn is appropriate. Yesterday over 100 United Methodist congregations in North Georgia shared worship with their new pastor as they began a new phase of ministry together.
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June 20, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: God's Love Is for Everyone

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

God loves us. No matter who we are. No matter where we are or what we have done. God loves us and God wants us to accept that love and share it with others.
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June 13, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: How do we engage in ministry to the poor?

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

“Billions of people the world over – most of them women and children – exist without their basic needs being met. They live a life of preventable suffering and are perpetually at risk.” These words remind us that Christians cannot be oblivious to the needs of the poor.
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June 06, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Civility Is Key Among Differing Perspectives

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Want my unbiased opinion? Well, most often I don't have one. As much as one might try to be objective there are so many Influencing factors that effect every decision. Biases can be harmful but they may also be helpful.
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May 30, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Memorial Day Is About Reconciliation

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, had its beginning as a day of remembrance for those who died while serving our country. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day.
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May 16, 2011

A heart strangely warmed

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

The time I spent as a part of that vibrant group of Christians at the Aldersgate UMC was one of the most important periods of my life. I was enriched in my ministry and encouraged in my faith. There were many opportunities to experience and share the grace of God during those years.
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April 25, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Every Day Is Easter for Christians

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

Worship services in churches all over the world were full yesterday. Christians joined together and celebrated the resurrection of our Lord. Next Sunday is known as Quasimodo Sunday or Low Sunday. Why?
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April 18, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Knocked Down, But Not Out

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Victory and defeat. Triumph and tragedy. Life is filled with both. We have a lot of expressions that attempt to convey that reality. All my life I have heard, “Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose.”
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April 11, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Going Where You Are Sent

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For 39 years I have trusted my life, my ministry, and my family to this method of deploying clergy. I have seen how much prayer and attention is given to this process.
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April 04, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Do Our Attitudes and Actions Cause Religious Disharmony?

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Anger over the burning of the Muslim holy book has erupted into deadly violence for the past several days in Afghanistan, with demonstrators setting cars and shops ablaze in riots that have left at least five civilians dead, officials said.
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March 28, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Finding the Answers to Life's Most Pressing Concerns

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I had an experience which reminded me that I don’t have to have all the right answers but it is important to know where to find them.
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March 21, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: I Know Who Holds Tomorrow and Who Holds My Hand

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“We are all OK” was the message when I opened my email on Friday morning, March 11. The message was from my son in Tokyo and he was reassuring me that the he and his family had been spared the disaster that had happened in Japan while I slept.
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March 14, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Spring Brings New Changes

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As you enjoy all the beauty of spring and the new life that it brings, pray for those who are engaged in this process of becoming clergy. Their leadership into the future is critical for the advancement of the Gospel and the witness of the Church.
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March 07, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Discipline Is an Indispensable Ingredient

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Discipline is an indispensable ingredient if life is to be lived to the fullest. It is necessary if a person is going to reach their potential. That is true whether in athletics, academics, entertainment, or life in general.
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February 28, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Christians Under Construction

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It has been said that every person has feet of clay. All of us make mistakes. Some mistakes are more serious than others. Some are more public than others and have a more widespread impact.
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February 21, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: How to Help the Homeless

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There are a number of ways that followers of Christ can help the homeless. Dr. Jamie Jenkins enumerates a few.
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February 14, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Love Is the Theme for Today

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Today is Valentine’s Day. Love is the theme of the day whether it is expressed with chocolates, flowers, or mushy lines in a greeting card. Love is...
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February 07, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Thanking the Faithful in Church

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In every church there are people who work very hard to be sure the ministry of that congregation continues. Most of these folks are invisible to the average church-goer. They often get little or no recognition or affirmation.
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January 31, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Called to Be Generous, Not Gullible

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Even when my instincts tell me clearly that requests for help are bogus I still find it difficult to say no. What if this one is genuine and I turn them away?
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January 24, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Wesley's Means of Grace

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We who have experienced the transforming grace of Christ are called to faithful living and to fruitful practices that help others to see and come to know Jesus. John Wesley emphasized repeatable activities that draw us near to God and send us to serve others.
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January 17, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: The Transformative Power of the Sun

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Last week was an unusual one for folks in Georgia. The record snowfall hung around for longer than normal because of the prolonged sub freezing temperatures.
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January 03, 2011

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: A New Year, a New Beginning

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Introspection and goal setting are important and can be helpful in these efforts at the start of a new year.
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December 27, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: The 12 Days of Christmas

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The Twelve Days of Christmas are not the twelve days before Christmas, but in most of the Western Church are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of the season of Epiphany. Epiphany is usually celebrated as the time the Wise Men or Magi arrived to present gifts to the young Jesus (Matt. 2:1-12).
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December 13, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Walter and the Gift of Christmas

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There are unforgettable people in everyone’s life. Walter is one of them for me.
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December 06, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Things Are Not Always as They Appear

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Things are not always as they appear. Sometimes they are better. Sometimes they are worse than it seems at first glance.
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November 29, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: One Reason to Believe

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If you have been to a shopping mall recently, you know that it is the Christmas season. (I hope that was not your first clue.) At first glance one of the major department stores seems to be a faith-based organization. Their theme for this season is, "There are millions of reasons to believe."
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November 22, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Expressing Gratitude in 6 Words or Less

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Thursday is Thanksgiving Day and there is much for which to be grateful! I asked a lot of people to tell me what they were grateful for ... in 6 words or less.
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November 15, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Our Past Helps Us Remember Who We Are

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We are products of our past and we owe so much to many people we know and multiudes of others whom we do not know. It is awesome to think you and I are also providing a heritage for others who will one day want to learn more about their ancestry.
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November 08, 2010

Celebrating the Saints who have gone before us

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Yesterday was All Saints Sunday in United Methodist churches. In churches everywhere bells were rung and candles were lighted as the names of folks were read.
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November 01, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Some Things Are Beyond Our Control

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As I get older (and thank God I am getting older) I am coming to understand that there are many things in life that are completely outside my control and that is all right.

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October 25, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: The Development of Moral Character

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Political campaigns can cause one to wonder if anyone desiring to be elected is really capable or has the character to be a public servant. It is alright to disagree with the actions and opinions of another but politics often involves more than that.
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October 18, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Handling Change

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins reflects on the major changes facing the Atlanta Braves on the retirement of manager Bobby Cox. How should the church handle change?
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October 11, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Phenomenal Rescues

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On August 5 a gold and copper mine in Chile collapsed and trapped thirty-three miners 2,000 feet underground. By the time you read this the ordeal might be over.
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October 04, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Quotations Worth Sharing

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins share some pithy wisdom in a collection of quotations he has gathered, and invites you to add your own.
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September 27, 2010

God Has Children of Many Types

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It was nobody’s fault but my own. Vehicle Registration Renewal notices (the reminder that your auto license plates are about expire) arrived several weeks ago. It happens every year on your birthday.
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September 20, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: On Reading the Bible in a Year

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“Everyone should read it—all of it!” That is the conclusion of David Plotz. He said further, “While reading the Bible, I often felt as if I had finally lifted a veil from my eye. Reading the whole Bible has changed me.”
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September 06, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Celebrating Unsung and Unnoticed Heroes on Labor Day

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Today is Labor Day, a day set apart to honor the ordinary folks whose work is essential to our lives. They are the people who rarely get the spotlight but without whom we would not have food on our tables, houses in which to live, clothes to wear, electricity to light and cool our homes, automobiles to drive, computers to connect to the world.
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August 30, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Knowing Our Origin Gives Us an Identity

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins writes, "I must be careful to live in such a way that when Jamie Sola Yoshikawa Jenkins grows up he will be proud to be my namesake." Read on...
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August 23, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Grandchildren--Wonderful and Exhausting

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins shares some memories and thoughts about having his two grandchildren spend more than a month with him and his wife this summer: "After 33 days they are gone. The house is quiet. Less cluttered. And a little sad." Read on...
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August 16, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Some Things Need to Be Valued and Left Alone

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins writes, "There is no question, some things can be improved. But some things just need to be valued and left alone." Read on...
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August 09, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Conflict--Crisis and Opportunity

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins writes about an incident on the road the other day: "Without warning and with a total stranger I encountered conflict. I didn’t see it coming and I had no clue what caused it." Read on...
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August 02, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: A Church's Worth Is Not Measured by Its Size

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins writes, "Whether the church membership numbers many or few, it is important for everyone to have the sense of 'belonging.' No matter what the size of the congregation, it is possible to be known and to feel that your presence and participation is important." Read on.
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July 26, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Oberammergauers are fulfilling a promise to God

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins writes, "The story begins in 1633 with the village of Oberammergau in a bad way, the Thirty Years War raging around it and the death toll from the bubonic plague rapidly increasing. Those still alive made a vow that if God spared them, they would put on a performance detailing Christ’s own suffering and repeat it every ten years in gratitude for their deliverance." Read on...
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July 19, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Nothing Can Get Between Us and God's Love

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins writes: "I wonder if God gets irritated with me when I am fearful or agitated and don’t accept the comfort and reassurance that is offered? When God speaks peace to me, why do I reject it? Why are my circumstances more convincing than the reality of God’s Presence?"
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July 12, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: What We Can Learn from Pixar

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins writes, "Creative thinking, risk taking, industriousness, and many other characteristics ... are essential to Pixar’s success. But [one of the founders], referring to the process of making Toy Story, said they believed that 'people are more important than ideas.' That might be the key."
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July 05, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: The Beauty of the Peachtree Road Race

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins was one of 55,000 participants in Atlanta's 41st annual Peachtree Road Race on July 4 (along with Day1 host Peter Wallace!). Here are Jamie's thoughts about the meaning of this massive 10K event, written in anticipation of it.
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June 28, 2010

Clergy and laity have begun a new year of partnership

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Yesterday was the second Sunday after Annual Conference. In many United Methodist churches in North Georgia it was the first Sunday for the new pastor. In others it was the time to celebrate the return of pastors for another year.
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June 14, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Lawn Care and Church Polity

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins writes, "I had a revelation (you might not call it that) while cutting the grass last week..." Both lawn care and church polity have different means but one goal. Read on...
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June 07, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Forgiveness Can Come When We Acknowledge Our Mistakes

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins offers some lessons learned from last week's Major League Baseball blown call, which deprived pitcher Armando Galarraga of a perfect game.
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May 31, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Memorial Day Is About Reconciliation

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins writes: "...Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all for the freedoms that we enjoy--and often take for granted." Read on...
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May 24, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Wesley's Aldersgate Experience

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins writes, "...On this date in 1738 John Wesley, the Father of Methodism, experienced his 'heart strangely warmed.'" The rest is history. Read on...
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May 17, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Changes in Leadership

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins writes on the itinerant system in the United Methodist Church: "There are many reasons to change leadership--of a basketball team or a church. Tenure and ‘shelf-life” may be factors, but just needing a change is probably not enough." Read on...
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May 10, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Proms with a Purpose

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins writes, "Important moments in our lives need to be celebrated and remembered. But maybe, just maybe, we can do that in ways that are not only memorable for us but also beneficial for others." Read on...
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May 03, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Praying for the Nation

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins writes, "Please join with me and our brothers and sisters across the nation every day but especially this Thursday as we 'pray in thanksgiving for our freedoms and blessings and to ask for God's continued guidance, grace, and protection for this land that we love.'"
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April 26, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Everyday Words and Deeds Have Power

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins writes, "The words and deeds of everyday and ordinary people have power. They build up or they tear down." Have you experienced that for yourself?
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April 12, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Some Insights from This Year's Masters

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins gained some interesting insights while he attended this year's Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA.

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April 05, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: It Is More Blessed to Give

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During a mission trip to Honduras, enjoying a week without a cell phone or computer, Jamie Jenkins remembered the instruction of the Bible that those who have much are expected to be generous with what they have. "I experienced the truth that it really is more blessed to give than to receive."
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March 29, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Remembering Humility

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During Holy Week, Dr. Jamie Jenkins reminds us: "Without Jesus' humble obedience there would not have been an empty tomb and a resurrection. As we prepare for Easter, let us think of ourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself."
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March 22, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: What Churches Can Learn from Good Customer Service

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After a few good customer service experiences, Dr. Jamie Jenkins wonders what churches can learn about making visitors feel more welcome.
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March 15, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Holy Ground

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins writes, "It is the presence of God that makes any place 'holy.' The psalmist said there is no place where God is not present."
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March 01, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Parenting: A Roller Coaster of Joy and Sorrow

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins reflects on his experiences as a parent, and shares encouragement for the roller coaster ride all parents must endure.
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February 15, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Who Are You Following?

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins reminds us that Lent offers us a wonderful opportunity to be intentional about who or what we are following.
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February 08, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Using Good Judgment While Helping Others

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins takes a look at the orphan situation in Haiti, and reminds us to do the right thing in the right way.
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February 01, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Practicing Customer Service in Our Churches

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Good customer service is essential to any endeavor that deals with people. So why do churches often ignore it?
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January 25, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Everyone Is Gifted to Serve

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins on the call of every baptized believer to use his or her gifts to serve in Jesus' name.
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January 18, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Thoughts on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Dr. Jamie Jenkins shares some lessons learned through his lifetime about racial reconciliation and the hope of dreams come true.

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January 11, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Try, Try Again

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins starts the new year pondering different ways to deal with life's problems.
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December 28, 2009

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Thoughts on 41 Years of Marriage

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins reflects on his 41 years of marriage and offers advice on how to make relationships thrive.
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December 14, 2009

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: The Many Moods of Christmas

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A record album by the Robert Shaw Chorale prompts Dr. Jamie Jenkins to ponder the many moods of Christmas.
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December 07, 2009

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: What Do We Really Want for Christmas?

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins offers some suggestions on how to make Advent and Christmas more meaningful this year.
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November 30, 2009

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Who Are We Waiting For?

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As we enter the season of Advent, Dr. Jamie Jenkins reminds us who we're waiting for--and what we should be doing in the meantime.
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November 24, 2009

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Let Us Give Thanks to God

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The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins encourages us to give thanks to God, at Thanksgiving and every day, regardless of our circumstances.
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November 17, 2009

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Giving with Gratitude

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Dr. Jamie Jenkins explores the struggles churches are experiencing with their finances--and suggests ways we can all save money in order to give more generously to God's work.
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November 09, 2009

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: What Will Happen in 2012?

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Jamie Jenkins takes a look at the upcoming movie "2012" which portrays a predicted devastation of Planet Earth.