The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell

Denomination: United Methodist Church (UMC)
Organization: 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.

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell

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Yours Are the Hands

Friday October 24, 2008

Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

Friday October 24, 2008

The End of All Exploring

Friday October 24, 2008

The Primrose Path of Dalliance

Friday October 24, 2008

As the Father Has Loved Me

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

In But Not Of the World

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

Small and White, Clean and Bright

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

Is the Lord Among Us Or Not?

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

God Has Plans for You

Friday October 24, 2008
Many people consider Jeremiah 29:11 to be comforting and hopeful verse--'God has a plan for my life!' But in his sermon, Dr. James Howell reveals a surprising twist in this prophetic promise that could change our lives.

Is the Bible Inspired?

Friday October 24, 2008
Dr. James Howell shows us that God wants the Bible to make sense to people like us, that God wants to redeem the broken, lackluster and messy. And as Paul said, God wants to use it to equip us for every good work.

Television by The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell

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The Rev. Dr. James Howell (Part 1) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

The Rev. Dr. James Howell (Part 2) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

Friday October 24, 2008
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!

The Rev. Dr. James Howell (Part 3) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (FOH Part 1) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (FOH Part 2) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (FOH Part 3) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

Friday October 24, 2008
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.