Posts by Drew Hart

Posts by Drew Hart

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Reflections On My First Year

  July 1 marked the beginning of my second year at Port Huron First UMC. It truly is hard to believe that Caroline and I have been here for a year. In many ways, it seems like just yesterday that we moved. Nevertheless, here we are now, our first year together behind us. From this vantage point I’d like to reflect a bit on my first year. Acknowledging the obvious, undertaking a new appointment in the middle of a global…
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One Reason Why I’m a Christian

  At the conclusion of my June 13 sermon, I encouraged you to be consciously aware of the reasons behind your Christian faith and practice. To that end, I suggested writing out your own answers to questions such as Why am I a Christian? What difference does Jesus make in my life? Why do I ‘go to church’ (worship)? In light of 1 Peter 3:15 – “If someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain…

You’re Right Where You’re Supposed to Be

  I recently sat and talked with a person from our community of faith who’s experiencing a tremendous amount of grief. Because our culture puts a high premium on quick remedies as well as getting on with it, many who are in a place of grief struggle with the sense that they’re supposed to be “working through” their grief. While it’s helpful to bear in mind that there are various ‘stages’ of grief, sometimes knowing that can be a hindrance…

Dying? Says Who?

Maybe you’ve seen the recent headline about the precarious state of the church of today. Three such news captions are “America is Becoming Less Religious” (Washington Post), “Fewer Than Half of Americans Belong to a Church” (Christianity Today), and “In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace” (Pew Research Center). What hit the newsstand is the latest report from the polling giant, Gallup. According to Gallup, for the first time since the late 1930s, fewer than half of Americans…

I Appreciate Your Feedback

I feel like I would be avoiding the proverbial elephant in the room if I didn’t use this opportunity to briefly respond to the feedback I received in regard to my March Tower Chimes article (“Post-Impeachment Reflection”). One thing is for sure, in my 28 years of writing newsletter articles, nothing ever aroused a response – both positive and negative – like that one. If ever I wondered whether or not people read what I write, there’s no wondering anymore!…

Post-Impeachment Reflection

  Since his acquittal, I’ve been reflecting quite a bit on the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Analysis of Trump’s influence on the American political system, and politicians in particular, remains a common topic on TV commentary shows. Whether or not you like Trump as a person, politician, or leader, or agree with his beliefs and the political policies he championed, there’s no denying the fact that his stamp on our nation has left an indelible mark. From what…

Open Unto Me

  On Tuesday I was blessed to attend on online clergy gathering called “Come to the Well.” In response to the deep challenges imposed upon us by the pandemic for the past ten months, Bishop Bard put on his pastoral mantle and invited clergy throughout the Michigan Conference to meet him at the ‘well’ for a time of spiritual refreshment. Our meeting place was Jacob’s well (see John 4), where Jesus met a Samaritan woman and offered her the refreshment…