One of the great criticisms of the church these days is that those on the ‘inside’ are as mean, nasty and hypocritical as those on the ‘outside’ of the church. The immediate response is to remind each of of a few things. The church is a places for sinners. Jesus loves us while were lost… Read More When Sweet People Act Bitterly
Who wants to keep thinking it will get better, debating or complaining, or asking the government to fix what the church has been called to be doing for two millennia.… Read More Tire of Praying about Shootings?
Faith Sharing: Retrieving persons who are lost requires identifying what is lost about their lives while aligning with them as a human in an equally struggling journey of being a child of God. The risk of identifying sin and brokenness in one persons life while sin continued to rule our own lives is no reason… Read More Risk carrying the Cross as a sinner.
Paul writes to the church at Philippi calling for the encouragement of one another. I would like to be physically present but sends his love in words of a letter to challenge the church to hold each other, together, in Christ. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above… Read More Every Knee Shall Bow, not just a knee.
This Christmas we are likely to give and receive a variety of gifts. Will you be giving someone ‘the’ gift of Christ this year? I hope you will join us in preparing a treasure that will transform someone’s life. I have challenged our congregation to prepare at least one gift as our ‘Jesus’ gift, for… Read More Preparing to Share the Gift of Christ
The End of Racism? <image: Dietrich Bonhoeffer> I vividly remember being instructed to stay in the car with my brother while my father went into Rich’s department store at the Greenbriar shopping mall, so that he could buy mom a gift for Mother’s Day unrestricted. As a parent I realize why he wanted to leave… Read More Christ is the End of Racism
It became clear that our journey to this place was an important rediscovery: We live in a world where the church is on the edge of the known society and we find it a rocking and inhospitable place to live out our Christian faith. We cannot hide in the history of faith. We cannot seclude ourselves to protect our faith. We cannot expect enemies nor creation to step aside, we are called to forge steps through life the bring us together in Christ. … Read More Finding God at the Ends of the Earth
This election cycle that has been filled with the vilest and most corrupt journey of people who are begging to lead an enslaved, spoon-fed entertainment nation and at war over words, rather than working and seeking our highest values and ideas, lived out with all our neighbors.… Read More Voting: A Call to Trust God
United Methodism was born out of calling for Spiritual awakening in the Church of England. The founders, John Wesley and his brother Charles, started as a small group of persons seeking to have a vibrant connection between faith and action. They became known for taking the faith to people’s hearts that became a global denomination.… Read More UMC CliffNotesTM
The top of his desk had not been seen for years. I ask him if he ever planned to clean it off. His reply was priceless, “All of these are important things to tackle and I need to keep them all in sight.”… Read More When All the Clutter is Important