The Rev. Mark Sargent

Denomination: United Methodist Church (UMC)

Mark Sargent is a retired United Methodist minister.  From 1979 until 2010, he served as the pastor of various congregations in The North Georgia Conference, including as the founding pastor of Wesley UMC in Augusta and the Senior Pastor of First UMC in Rome, Georgia. 

Mark has a B.A. degree in English Literature from Augusta College, a Master of Divinity magna cum laude from Emory University's Candler School of Theology, and a Master of Arts in Psychology summa cum laude from The University of West Georgia.  He has stood for a long time on the front lines of thinking progressively about the Christian faith and has long sought to be a helpful advocate for those on society's margins.

His hobbies are golf and cooking, and he does both from scratch. He has three grown children, three grandchildren, and a wife who sings like no other! Since his retirement, he has worked happily in the private sector and resides again in Rome.

 

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Mark Sargent

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On Stuff

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Mark Sargent is pastor of Embry Hills United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, wrestles with the question, what is a follower of Jesus supposed to do with his or her stuff?

The Color Purple

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Mark Sargent is pastor of Embry Hills United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, takes a look at what it means to follow Jesus--and where we're going.

From Offense to Joy

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Mark Sargent is pastor of Embry Hills United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA, looks at the parable of the lost talent and applies it to our lives.

Confounding King

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Mark Sargent is pastor of Embry Hills United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA.

Keeping Heart, Trusting God

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Mark Sargent is pastor of Embry Hills United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA.

The Gift of the Magi

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Mark Sargent is pastor of Embry Hills United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA.

The Big Page Has Turned

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Mark Sargent is pastor of Embry Hills United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA. This is the first sermon in the series "Into the Brave New World."

The Hospitality House

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Mark Sargent is pastor of Embry Hills United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA. In his second sermon in the series, "Into the Brave New World", Rev. Sargent explores biblical literalism.

Living Belief

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Mark Sargent is pastor of Embry Hills United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA. In his  third sermon in the series, "Into the Brave New World", Rev. Sargent explores Christianity and multifaith dialogue.

The Thunk, the Gap, and the Six A's

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Mark Sargent offers a provocative and faith-stretching view of the life and teachings of the church in this postmodern age.

Articles by The Rev. Mark Sargent

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Gray Matter on the Faith Journey

Friday October 24, 2008
Too often and very sadly, much of Christian religion has become a matter of articulating theological concepts in a way that is intellectually indefensible, not to mention psychologically damaging.

I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet

Friday October 24, 2008
Planet Earth has undergone some dramatic changes in the past century or so! And, it's probably more precise to say that the world that we once knew has not only moved but has ended. What implications does that have for us who are followers of Jesus?

USA and UOA

Friday October 24, 2008
Unconditionally loving oneself and all others is the chief hallmark of spiritual and psychological health. How is it with you these days?

Guy Clark, The Senator, The Governor, and The King of Pop

Friday October 24, 2008
I have an idea for what we might ponder doing when we hear of someone who is struggling.

Tomato Time

Friday October 24, 2008
This summer season of this perfect fruit affords an opportunity for us to reflect on our own Christian fruitfulness.

Thoughts From the River That Runs Through It

Friday October 24, 2008
I went to Montana and found The Gap there.

The Gamut

Friday October 24, 2008
Thanks to the many of you who responded to my recent Day1 sermon! As you might expect, your responses covered a huge waterfront!

Indiscriminate Inclusivity: Of Course!

Friday October 24, 2008
I have a thought or two after overhearing some of the conversations taking place within a sister denomination.

On Apps and Christian Conversation

Friday October 24, 2008
Theological terms are not self-evident and thus require definition. Since those definitions differ from one person to another, Christian conversation takes time and love!

Bringing The End to The Present

Friday October 24, 2008
What if eschatology is a paradigm for doing spiritual business today and not a preoccupation with what happens tomorrow?

Teach Your Children Well

Friday October 24, 2008
When's the last time your church stopped to ponder what messages are given to the children in your charge?

Robertson and Dawkins: There They Go Again

Friday October 24, 2008
Am I the only one who is tired of being misrepresented by Christians and caricatured by some who aren't?

I'm Going To Say It!

Friday October 24, 2008
Do I need to ask forgiveness for thinking that the late Pope's self-flagellation represents neither saintly nor healthy behavior?

On Dr. Kervorkian and Christianity With Brains

Friday October 24, 2008
For the sake of our own spiritual and psychological health, and for the sake of the Church's mission in the world, we Christians must always include the best of human intellect in whatever claims we make.

A Knife in the Wound

Friday October 24, 2008
For the life of me, I don't understand why Christian communities cannot get their thinking right! And, the longer we Christians demonstrate an inability to reflect intelligently on important issues, the more we exacerbate the wounds we have inflicted and the less-than-stellar reputation we enjoy.

Baggage Check

Friday October 24, 2008
A trip to the market one day reminded me of something really important about the Christian journey. That trip reminded me that Christianity isn't so much talking as it is walking.

On Seeking What We've Lost

Friday October 24, 2008
Loss is a part of life. These days, loss is prevalent. There is hope.

On Burning Qurans and Bibles

Friday October 24, 2008
Anytime we want to misunderstand the religion of loving others, we may do so. How about the Golden Rule? What if we treated the religions and sacred texts of others as we would wish for them to treat our religion and our sacred texts?

On Advent and Hope and Changing Locations

Friday October 24, 2008
I'm talking about hope. It's what gets us from here to there.

Paper Covers Rock

Friday October 24, 2008
Did the governor of Alabama really say that? On the holiday commemorating Dr. King? In the church Dr. King once served as pastor? Really? C'mon, man!

Television by The Rev. Mark Sargent

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The Rev. Mark Sargent (Part 1) - Day1 Conversation with Peter Wallace

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Mark Sargent, blogger, pastor and popular Day1 preacher, sits down with our host Peter Wallace to discuss a progressive theology from its historical roots to the state of Christianity today. The two focus on the challenges facing the church today from the perspective of an ancient intellectual divide over the importance, and place, of modern discovery and thought.

The Rev. Mark Sargent (Part 2) - Day1 Conversation with Peter Wallace

Friday October 24, 2008
Day1 Host Peter Wallace sits down for the second installment of his conversation with the Rev. Mark Sargent as they discuss an issue close to Mark's heart: Religious Wounding. Mark's understanding of human psychology, and work as a pastor, has led him to believe that a form of spiritual and emotional trauma is prevalent in today's world and is partially to blame for the lack of interest in Christian institutions, and in some cases ideals, today.

Radio by The Rev. Mark Sargent

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The Rev. Mark Sargent - Day1 Podcast Extra

Friday October 24, 2008
In an extended interview with host Peter Wallace, the Rev. Mark Sargent talks about progressive theology and its practical implications for Christian communities. He also explores the concept of religious wounding and how churches can address it.