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The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell is senior pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC.

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The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell

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Myers Park United Methodist Church, Charlotte, NC

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell is senior pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Howell became Senior Pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church in 2003, and is adjunct professor of preaching at Duke Divinity School.

In 1984 he earned a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Duke, studying under Fr. Roland E. Murphy. He was the 2003 Jameson Jones Distinguished Lecturer in Preaching at Duke.

His publications include twelve books, including Yours are the Hands of Christ, The Beautiful Work of Learning to Pray, The Life We Claim, and The Beatitudes for Today. His most recent books are Conversations with St. Francis and The Will of God. He is the author of the denominational devotional resource, The Sanctuary for Lent, in 2007 and 2008. He is a regular contributor to many publications, including The Christian Century.

James leads many workshops on preaching, Bible, theology, ethics, and ministry for clergy and laity at the local, conference and national levels. He preached on The Protestant Hour and won the F. Parker Duncan Church Public Relations Award of Excellence (1997). James was honored with the Francis Asbury Award (1999) for his work mentoring college and seminary students. Twice he has received the Award of Excellence in Christian writing for columns in The Christian Century.

He has been elected a delegate to Southeastern Jurisdictional Conferences, General Conference, and the World Methodist Councils, and is active on many boards and agencies.

James is married to Lisa, who is a social worker for WISH, a community and church-based housing program; and they have three children.


Latest Content by The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell

Is the Bible Inspired?

2 Timothy 3:4--4:5

22nd Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

October 20, 2013

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)

"All scripture is inspired by God."  My grandfather clearly believed this.  One look at his Bible, which as the first grandson--and a preacher to boot--I have inherited, tells how he felt about it:  tattered, worn, underlined, marginalia, prayer requests jammed between the pages. 

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The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell

God Has Plans for You

Jeremiah 29:1,4-14

21st Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

October 13, 2013

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)

An earworm--I think that's what they call the song you get stuck in your head.  And it's never one of my favorites, like a Led Zeppelin riff or a Bach chorale.  No, it's always something like "It's a small world after all."  We get little messages stuck in our heads too, like "You'll never amount to anything" or "Look out for #1" or "I need a drink" or "You deserve a break."

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Other Recent Content by The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell

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September 25, 2011

Is the Lord Among Us Or Not?

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)

Exodus 17 says the Israelites put God to the test, and God doesn't seem to mind. Is the Lord among us or not? God seems to welcome the challenge--God loves hard questions and doubts, says James Howell.
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September 18, 2011

Small and White, Clean and Bright

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)

What does God's provision of manna to the murmuring Israelites in the wilderness tell us about our relationship with God? Quite a lot, as James Howell explains.
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The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (FOH Part 3) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace to discuss his new book "The Beauty of the Word" and the enduring power of preaching. Part two of a three part series only from Day1.
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The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (FOH Part 2) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace to discuss his new book "The Beauty of the Word" and the enduring power of preaching. Part two of a three part series only from Day1.
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The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (FOH Part 1) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace to discuss his new book "The Beauty of the Word" and the enduring power of preaching. Part one of a three part series only from Day1.
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The Rev. Dr. James Howell (Part 1) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. James Howell sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace and discusses the importance of mentoring young people, the underlying subject of much of his writing, his current projects and even his work ethic.
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The Rev. Dr. James Howell (Part 2) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. James Howell sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace to discuss a wide range of topics, including how Dr. Howell was called to the ministry, growing small congregations, ministries of Myers Park United Methodist Church and much more!
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The Rev. Dr. James Howell (Part 3) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. James Howell sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace and discusses the importance of mentoring young people, the underlying subject of much of his writing, his current projects and even his work ethic.
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May 24, 2009

In But Not Of the World

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. James Howell examines Jesus' prayer for his disciples from John 17, and helps us understand what it means to be "in but not of the world" today.
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May 17, 2009

As the Father Has Loved Me

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. James Howell offers a fresh exploration of Jesus' love for his disciples as revealed in John 15--and what that means for the recipients of that love in today's world.
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August 18, 1996

Yours Are the Hands

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell Transcript

July 21, 1996

Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell Transcript

June 16, 1996

The End of All Exploring

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)

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May 19, 1996

The Primrose Path of Dalliance

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)