Reflections

Reflection - October 9, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 10/9/2017
Listen to me in silence, O coastlands; let the peoples renew their strength; let them approach, then let them speak; let us together draw near... The coastlands have seen and are afraid, the ends of ...

Reflection - October 2, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 10/2/2017
Dear Friends,   I went to bed wondering what I would write about today.  I fell well short of my best intentions last Monday, but have since gleaned a bevy of images and events that have me pondering ...

Reflection - September 18, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 9/18/2017
Dear Friends,   I greet you today with great thanksgiving for the many signs of faithfulness shown by the churches here in the Baypines District.  Glory to God in the highest! As I travel across the ...

Reflection - September 7, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 9/7/2017
Dear Friends,   At the conclusion of the morning worship service last Sunday, my 11 year old son, John, looked at me and let out a quick gasp.  “I have money in my wallet!” he exclaimed. “Oh?” “I ...

Reflection - August 14, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 8/14/2017
Dear Friends,   In lieu of a regular reflection today, I submit to you yesterday’s sermon that was preached at the Homecoming Service at Bermuda UMC.  I know many of our pastors and churches are ...

Reflection - August 1, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 8/1/2017
Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran…  (Gen. 28:10). No matter how simple the idea may look on paper, or how prepared we believe ourselves to be, moving successfully from point A to point B is ...

Reflection - July 17, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 7/17/2017
But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman?  She has performed a good service for me…Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has...

Reflection - June 20, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 6/20/2017
Dear Friends,   Happy AWF Moving Day!  As I watch the rain fall outside my window this morning, I am inclined to offer an extra prayer for those pastors and families who are sitting on their front ...

Reflection - June 13, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 6/13/2017
Dear Friends,                                     It has been several days now, but my heart is still full from the joy of the 2017 Annual Conference.  What an inspiring time it was!  As I shared with...

Reflection - May 31, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 5/31/2017
Dear Friends, Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! With the 2017 Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference only days away, today’s reflection is rather pragmatic as I am working ...

Monday Reflection - May 22, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 5/22/2017
Dear Friends,   No place is so dear to my childhood as that little (white) church in the vale… Such was the witness of those gathered yesterday morning at the 122nd Homecoming at Hopewell United ...

Monday Reflection - May 8, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 5/8/2017
Dear Friends,   Answer me when I call, O God of my right!  You gave me room when I was in distress.  Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.  –Psalm 4:1   In thinking of the ways in which the Kingdom ...

Reflection - April 24, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 4/24/2017
Dear Friends,   Greetings to you in the name of the resurrected Christ! What a joy it has been for me to behold the witness of this Easter season across the many churches of the Baypines District!  ...

Reflection - April 10. 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 4/11/2017
All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer, King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring!     Dear Friends,   Grace to you in this Holy Week!   First, I want to offer a big THANK ...

Reflection - March 29, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 4/3/2017
Dear Friends, I know many are out on Spring Break this week, either traveling with family or perhaps even out on a mission trip. There is a team from the Baypines District that is serving up in Red ...

Reflection - March 8, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 3/8/2017
Dear Friends,   Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I pray this reflection finds you secure in God’s grace and attuned to the initial cadence of this Lenten season.  I ...

Reflection - February 28, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 3/1/2017
Dear Friends, I regret that it has been some time since my last “Reflection.”  You probably have not missed the weekly email in your inbox, but I bemoan just how quickly my discipline in writing them...

Reflection - February 6, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 2/6/2017
Dear Friends, What a joy it was for me to worship with the good people of First UMC in Evergreen yesterday!  Like many churches in our Baypines District, First UMC is in a small town that struggles ...

Reflection - February 1, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 2/1/2017
Dear Friends, I give thanks this morning for all who gathered to commemorate our connection at our recent District Conference in Atmore.  Special thanks to Dr. Debora Bishop and the gracious stewards...

Reflection - January 17, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 1/17/2017
Dear Friends,   In what I am certain will be a week of political maneuvering and ideological contrast, how grateful I was to gather with my family this Sunday to worship at Dauphin Way UMC to hear ...

Reflection - January 3, 2017

By Darren McClellan

published 1/3/2017
Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.                                                     ...

Reflection - December 13, 2016

By Darren McClellan

published 12/13/2016
Your love, O Lord, forever will I sing; from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness...  (Psalm 89:1)       Dear Friends,   On behalf of the rest of the McClellan family (Kristi, Joshua, ...

Reflection - December 5, 2016

By Darren McClellan

published 12/5/2016
Dear Friends, Throughout this charge conference season, I have traveled across the Baypines District sharing the story of Peter Lovenheim’s unusual method for creating community within his own ...

Reflection - November 28, 2016

By Darren McClellan

published 11/28/2016
Dear Friends,   Last night was supposed to be my date night.  With the grandparents in town, Kristi said we’d be going out together—just the two of us—for a routine dinner and a movie.  It was on the...

Reflection - November 22, 2016

By Darren McClellan

published 11/22/2016
Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name (Ps. 30:4).   Dear Friends, Accompanied by the splendor of changing leaves across south Alabama, the most beautiful...

Reflection - November 7, 2016

By Darren McClellan

published 11/7/2016
Dear Friends, I bid you greetings after a week of travel to the recent Council of Bishops Extended Cabinet Summit in Jacksonville, FL.    On this occasion United Methodist leaders gathered from ...

Reflection - November 3, 2016

By Darren McClellan

published 11/3/2016
Dear Saints of Baypines, In his brief introductory work Evangelical Theology, Karl Barth described the “communion of saints” as those “who were encountered by the Word and so moved by it that they ...

Reflection-October 24, 2016

By Darren McClellan

published 10/24/2016
Dear Friends, At the end of a charge conference yesterday, a concerned lay leader raised the question of what the United Methodist Church has to say about the rising trend of voter apathy in America ...

Reflection - October 10, 2016

By Darren McClellan

published 10/10/2016
Dear Friends, After watching as much of last night’s presidential debate as I could possibly stomach, I went to the garage for a workout, took a hot shower, and then prayed myself to sleep.  Of ...

Reflection - October 4, 2016

By Darren McClellan

published 10/4/2016
Dear Friends, One of the pleasant surprises for me during my first month in the Baypines District is how much I have enjoyed traveling to each of our charge conferences.  It is all the more wonderful...

Reflection - September 27, 2016

By Darren McClellan

published 9/27/2016
Dear Friends,   On behalf of Kristi, Joshua, John and Max McClellan, I want to express my sincere appreciation to all who were able to gather for our welcome reception last night at First UMC in ...

Reflection - September 19, 2016

By Darren McClellan

published 9/19/2016
Dear Friends,   It was good to see many of you yesterday at the welcome reception for Bishop David and Nancy Graves in Niceville.  I hope even more from this district will be traveling to Evergreen ...

Reflection -September 12, 2016

By Darren McClellan

published 9/12/2016
Dear Friends, Yesterday evening, I had the opportunity to participate in a service of celebrating the episcopal assignment of Bishop David William Graves at First United Methodist Church in ...

Reflection - September 6, 2016

By Darren McClellan

published 9/6/2016
Dear Friends, Greetings to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ! It is my privilege to greet you today as the new superintendent of the Baypines District.  After a brief stint with the Mobile ...