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A love letter from Poppa

Glenn's two grandsons

On the occasion of his 70th birthday, Glenn Wagner writes a love letter to his two grandsons about seven helpful life lessons he’s learned over seven decades of faith.

Pastoral transitions: Part 2, welcome

Two women hugging

In this second half of a two-part article, Glenn Wagner offers advice to congregations welcoming new pastors and outlines practical wisdom to clergy transitioning into a new ministry setting.

Pastoral transitions: Part 1, goodbye


In this first half of a two-part article, Glenn Wagner shares ideas from his four decades as a United Methodist pastor to help clergy and congregations better say goodbye and… Continue Reading Pastoral transitions: Part 1, goodbye

Grateful for our union benefits

Hands in a circle

In this op-ed, retired pastor Glenn M. Wagner shares from his four decades of pastoral experience significant benefits of the “United” in our UMC.

Coming home

Man standing in front of a church

Glenn Wagner recently returned to his hometown for a pandemic-delayed high school reunion and Sunday morning worship in his home church. He shares his experience of this first extended homecoming… Continue Reading Coming home

Veterans Day tribute to Dad

Flag in cemetery

Glenn Wagner reflects on the testimony of his father, who served his family with love, this country as a veteran of the U.S. army, and God through a faithful life… Continue Reading Veterans Day tribute to Dad

The Ten Commandments and me

Ten Commandments

Retired pastor Glenn Wagner gives the context and history behind the Ten Commandments and then asks why we should care about them today.

God’s dream for no gun violence

No gun in the peaceable kingdom

The prophet Isaiah celebrates God’s vision for peace. The Rev. Glenn Wagner contrasts that with the “seemingly endless cycle of gun violence in the U.S. “

God blesses from start to finish

God is part of vibrant living

God is doing a new thing at Church of the Dunes in Grand Haven, MI. Finishing Well is an intentional ministry focused on the needs of those in the congregation… Continue Reading God blesses from start to finish

Giving thanks in 2020

Prayers of thanks

While there is a pandemic in progress, the Rev. Glenn Wagner reminds us to give thanks for our heritage, the benefits of being a U.S. citizen, and a God who… Continue Reading Giving thanks in 2020

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