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[30 Apr 2012 | 7 Comments | 4,072 views]
Methodists leaning Conservative in General Conference

If early reports from the Confessing Movement are any indication, those hoping for the United Methodist Church to change its stance on homosexuality will likely be disappointed.
For those who haven’t been following the 2012 United Methodist General Conference, proposals have been made for the worldwide group to change its stances on, specifically, homosexual clergy members and gay marriage. Central to the conflict is the Book of Discipline, the document which provides the rules and regulations to United Methodist churches. In 1972, language was added to the Book of Discipline that …

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[28 Apr 2012 | No Comment | 3,233 views]
Keeping up with the 2012 United Methodist General Conference

Every four years, the United Methodist Church holds a conference and decides policy for its worldwide membership.
The 2012 General Conference started on April 24 in Tampa, Fla., and there are available some early reports on the issues surrounding the conference. Perhaps the most controversial issues in this conference (and, indeed, the last one, the one before that, etc.) has to do with the Church’s stance on homosexuality. The United Methodist Church views homosexuality as incompatible with Christian doctrine, meaning gay marriages are not endorsed, gay clergy that are not celibate …

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[11 Oct 2011 | No Comment | 1,725 views]
More than Being Pretty

Sept. 11 this year marked the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
It was, in many quarters, a somber occasion. At Parkview United Methodist Church in Benton, the Rev. Natasha Murray-Norman observed the day by delivering a hopeful message to members and guests.
What were those words of encouragement? What lessons connected with the anniversary of 9/11? What does Forrest Gump have to do with it all? You’ll just have to listen to her sermon to …

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[3 Oct 2011 | No Comment | 1,954 views]
Fully Connected

Sept. 4 was a Communion Sunday, meaning Rev. Natasha Murray-Norman of Parkview United Methodist Church in Benton kept her sermon somewhat brief.
Ah, but she delivered a passionate message touching on a subject that is near and dear to her heart — the importance of Christians being “fully connected” with each other.
What did she mean by that? Have a look at John 15: 1-9 to start and then listen to the sermon to find out for yourself. Yes, it’s well worth a listen so take out about 15 minutes and do …

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[25 Sep 2011 | No Comment | 2,133 views]
Root System

The Rev. Natasha Murray-Norman has delivered a set of inspirational, unique sermons since she arrived at Parkview United Methodist Church in Benton at the end of June.
Her sermon on Aug. 28 was no exception as she dove into the Book of Matthew and built a sermon around the concept of a deep, enduring root system. By the way, you can hear the good pastor for yourself by paying a visit to Parkview at 10:45 a.m. on a Sunday morning. The church is located at 514 N. Border, right across the …

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[30 Aug 2011 | No Comment | 1,960 views]
Becoming disciples

The Rev. Natasha Murray normal of Parkview United Methodist Church in Benton, Ark., was unable to present her sermon on Aug. 21.
Luckily, Terry Brumbelow stepped in and delivered a sermon on what it means to become a disciple of Christ and how to work on becoming one. Give it a listen and you might learn a thing or two. The pastor was back at the pulpit on the following Sunday, but the congregation was grateful for Brumbelow’s ability to step in and deliver a great sermon on short notice.
If you’re …

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[22 Aug 2011 | One Comment | 2,283 views]
Living a Salt and Light Lifestyle, Part 2

The Rev. Natasha Murray-Norman of Parkview United Methodist Church in Benton presented the second and final part of her “Living a Salt and Light Lifestyle” series on Aug. 14.
The pastor started at Parkview at the end of June and has shown a preference for targeting an overall theme and sticking with it through a series every now and again. For those interested in hearing the pastor in person, Parkview is located at 514 N. Border in Benton. Church services start at 10:45 a.m. and Sunday school starts at 9:45 a.m. …

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[14 Aug 2011 | No Comment | 1,822 views]
Living a Salt and Light Lifestyle, Part 1

The Rev. Natasha Murray-Norman of Parkview United Methodist Church in Benton is clearly a fan of the “series” approach to preaching.
She started at Parkview at the end of June and has, since then, put together a couple of series. The second one, Living a Salt and Light Lifestyle, was a two-parter that started on Aug. 7 and ended on Aug. 14. The first part of that series — which was centered around the “salt” concept — is posted and ready for your listening pleasure. The second part — which dealt …

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[11 Aug 2011 | No Comment | 1,889 views]
Kingdom Minded

Our friends over at Parkview United Methodist Church in Benton have another sermon ready for your listening pleasure.
What’s it all about? Jesus’s use of parables to encourage people to understand the more subtle and complex concepts of his ministry. The Rev. Natasha Murray-Norman over at Parkview tackled some parables which rather defined the Kingdom of Heaven during her July 31 sermon. Here’s a bit of trivia about the pastor — she’s only delivered six sermons as a head pastor as she started at Parkview at the end of June. How’s …

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[24 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 2,019 views]
Parkview Methodists want to know if you’re ready to rumble

The Rev. Natasha Murray-Norman assumed her role as pastor at Parkview United Methodist Church in Benton at the end of June and has completed five sermons since then.
She wrapped up her first series — a three-parter entitled Ready to Rumble — on July 24. The series is all about actively engaging in spiritual warfare against evil in the world and being a passionate follower of Christ rather than a passive one. The question, of course, has to do with how successful the good reverend is in inspiring her congregation. Has …