The United Methodist is struggling to deal with a request to mature. In some cases, we become aware of our maturity when we hold fast to our core values and stay grounded in the face of tsunamis. In other situations, we mature by tearing the muscle tissues and expanding our spiritual muscles. As Clergy, we… Read More Why Change?
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!” [NRSV: Luke 13:34]… Read More A Mother’s Hope and a Mother Fear
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