We Need Revival … Not Another Task Force

According to a Feb. 27 article in the United Methodist Reporter, UMC membership and average worship attendance in the U.S. continues to plummet. Membership dipped 1.4% in 2010, having declined 1.2% in 2009. Average worship attendance was down by 2.3% in 2010, compared to a drop of 1.9% the year...

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My Life As a Movie

The Academy Awards show last night prompted me to remember my first Toastmasters talk that I delivered a few weeks ago. I was excited to receive Best Speaker of the Day with “My Life As a Movie.” With my wife winning last Friday (see post below), I guess we will...

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“Everything I know, I learned from Scarlett O’Hara.”

My wife and I recently joined a local Toastmasters club. I figured I could improve my preaching skills and Laura was getting more opportunities to speak through her job at Operation Christmas Child. Last Friday, Laura gave her first talk, the “icebreaker speech” that introduces the speaker to the audience....

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Stamp of Approval

“Wake-Up Call” is Rev. Mark Winter’s newest monologue, and a wake-up call is what we got at our two Ash Wednesday services at First UMC Killeen, TX.  Mark envisioned John the Baptist as a modern backwoodsman with a hunting jacket, walking stick and wading boots. During the scripture reading he...

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Stamp of Approval

“Simeon’s Dream was a fantastic experience for the folks of Rockbridge. Mark’s portrayal made the story come alive. Some had heard the story before, but most had not. God used Mark to transport us back 2000 years to experience the expectancy of Christ. As a new church, we had not...

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Stamp of Approval

“Mark Winter is a veteran preacher / thespian. His presentation of Simeon’s Dream brings the Bible to life and leaves the audience spellbound. The first person recount of the story is mixed with humor, music and Mark’s distinct Jewish accent. Simeon’s final invitation of ‘…welcoming Him into the manger of...

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“Mark, you would not believe the comments I am still getting regarding Sunday’s worship. The band, your sermon/monologue, communion, everything just worked. Thank you for sharing with us on such a memorable day – you have made an impact. As one congregant said, ‘Sunday gave me pause! And I don’t...

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“Mark is a true witness to the faith! He brings his gifts and talents and combines them with a message of God’s tremendous love in a powerful way. Our church has experienced many of Mark’s messages over the years, and the recent Jubilee was a favorite that really brought our...

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In Defense of Altar Calls

This past week, Rev. Adam Hamilton held three teaching sessions at the Central Texas Annual Conference in Waco, TX. I think this may be the first time I actually sat for over an hour in my chair during an annual conference session. In case you don’t know, Rev. Hamilton is...

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Stamp of Approval

Alliance United Methodist recently hosted Mark Winter’s One Man Show for a three day Jubilee. Mark is an engaging preacher that connects with the congregation through humor, drama, and effective illustrations. We had recently completed a series on the fundamentals of Wesleyan theology. Mark’s messages were a great way to...

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