All posts by Rev. Paul M. Turner

Founding and Senior Pastor of Gentle Spirit Christian Church, Rev. Paul M. Turner grew up in suburban Chicago and was ordained by the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches in 1989. He was called to Atlanta in 1994 to pastor All Saints MCC. Five years later he founded Gentle Spirit Christian Church. He lives in Decatur with his husband Bill, who he met in 1982 while living and working in Ohio and legally married in 2015.

This Week’s Message

WELCOME TO THE NEW WEEK

“Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.”  James 1:22-24 (MSG)

 

 

This Week’s Message

WELCOME TO THE NEW WEEK
“Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore them, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.”  Galatians 6:2-3 (MSG)

This Week’s Message

WELCOME TO THE NEW WEEK

“If you want to give it all you’ve got,” Jesus replied, “go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me.”
That was the last thing the young person expected to hear. And so, crestfallen, they walked away. They were holding on tight to a lot of things, and couldn’t bear to let them go.”  Matthew 19:21-22  (MSG)

This Week’s Message

COVID-19 ANNOUNCMENT

Good Afternoon Folks,

Just wanted to touch based with our members, friends and supporters of the Gentle Spirit Christian Church. Despite Gov. Kemp’s announcement this afternoon about opening business on Friday , and allowing churches to gather for Worship services under a strict adherence to social distancing rules, we WILL NOT be opening the Church Office or returning to Candler Park for Worship service just yet.

After discussion with our staff and other area pastor’s it has been decided we will act with extreme caution for our friends, members and supporters by operating as we have for the last several weeks in accordance to CDC guidelines.

I shall remain available via phone, text, video conferencing and email. Worship will be live streamed from Facebook 10:30am Sundays and our mid-week meditation will continue Wednesdays at 7pm. I know there are some who will disagree with our choice. However, I would rather spend a few extra weeks apart so that when we do come together we will be reasonably  sure we are not spreading a dangerous virus among our folks.

God Bless, Rev. Paul M. Turner (Pastor Paul) Senior Pastor

This Week’s Message

Welcome to the New Week

“Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.”  1 Peter 3:8-12 The Message (MSG)