Posted: February 12, 2018 by Matt Horan in ReEmergent Church

By Matt Horan

I may have mentioned along the way that I was born in Philadelphia, PA.  My hometown has been in the news lately for a certain sports achievement you may have heard about…

Last week I tuned in for a few minutes to watch the parade as the city celebrated the Philadelphia Eagles’ first ever Super Bowl championship.  There were so many people at that parade that I had to assume the rest of the city was an utter ghost town.  Schools were closed.  People started arriving the night before to make sure they got a good spot to see the team parade by.  In some places the crowd was 20 people deep from the street as they tried to catch a glimpse of their champs. Read the rest of this entry »


Breaking News of a Shocking Reversal

Posted: January 31, 2018 by Matt Horan in ReEmergent Church

flat,800x800,075,f.u6Since it was first conceived after (or, well, maybe a little before) the 2012 General Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC)–right here in ReEmergent Church’s home base of sunny Tampa, Florida–it was never meant to become a separate denomination.

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In a stunning development that no one except everyone saw coming, this may no longer be the case.  Have a look at this article by Hacking Christianity‘s Rev. Jeremy Smith.  It’s about the recent filing of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) to form a non-profit organization in Texas by their legal counsel Daniel Dalton, a Michigan attorney who coincidentally happens to be the foremost expert on helping United Methodist churches leave the UMC and take their buildings and property with them.

While I’m sure (well, I’m hopeful) that the United Methodist churches joining the WCA spend the majority of their time on other, more spiritually fruitful work; I find this dancing around their true purpose disingenuous, as well as insulting to anyone with a brain. Read the rest of this entry »

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

Posted: December 1, 2017 by Matt Horan in ReEmergent Church

My good friend Jim Harnish pointed out this song and its story in response to my recent post about the church bells at Seminole Heights United Methodist.  Definitely worth a look, and worth a listen!

Late Night Church Bells

Posted: November 30, 2017 by Matt Horan in ReEmergent Church

A couple weeks ago I made a decision.  When the Seminole Heights Shooter was arrested, our church bells at Seminole Heights United Methodist would help spread the news as far as their rings could carry it.

When news of a break in the case began to circulate throughout the day on Tuesday, November 28, the decision became a promise.

I attended a meeting of our Board of Trustees, and then turned on the news at around 9:30pm to see if there had been an announcement, but there was nothing yet.  I began to get cold feet–what if they announce it in the middle of the night?  Should our bells wake up the whole neighborhood at midnight?  1am?  2am? Read the rest of this entry »