In the Pul­pit with pas­tor Max Vin­cent

The Covington News - - Front Page - Writ­ten by Sabas­tian Wee, photo spe­cial to The News

WHO: Max Vin­cent

THE CHURCH: Allen Me­mo­rial United Methodist Church in Ox­ford

BIRTH­PLACE: Frank­furt, Ger­many; HOME­TOWN: Au­gusta/Thompson

ED­U­CA­TION: Two mas­ter’s de­grees in di­vin­ity and the­ol­ogy from Duke Di­vin­ity Col­lege

HOB­BIES: Golf; read­ing (fa­vorite book—“A Christ­mas Carol,” by Charles Dick­ens); cook­ing (“My best dish is a spiced smoked tur­key breast made on the grill”).

DEFIN­ING VERSE: “For those who wait for the Lord shall re­new their strength. They shall line up with wings like ea­gles.” - Isa­iah 40:31

“The verse teaches me to wait. I can be very im­pa­tient. I want things to hap­pen right away. It re­minds me my real strength comes from God. It keeps me hum­ble.”

PREACH­ING STYLE: “I try to be con­ver­sa­tional … I don’t al­ways stand be­hind the pul­pit. I try to use a lot of hu­mor in my preach­ing to make peo­ple more com­fort­able. It’s not for the sake of telling a joke, but I make it re­lated to the ser­mon … I try to be very con­scious of time. Most peo­ple to­day are pro­grammed with at­ten­tion spans that run be­tween 12 to 15 min­utes. So some peo­ple have re­marked that my ser­mons seem shorter than most. I try to pack some­thing mean­ing­ful in those short min­utes. Some­times my ser­mons may seem in­com­plete, but that’s to get peo­ple to think and re­flect on what was said.”

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