How will you remember?

Six years ago today, we checked Eliza into Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. It was the beginning of what would end up being an almost 7 month process of correcting the dysplasia in her left hip. The hospital was wonderful; we still have annual follow-up appointments as she grows. If we didn’t have theseContinue reading “How will you remember?”

Not aimed at you

Once I noticed the little girl crying, I could not not think about it. Being at an elementary school to meet with a 4th grader I mentor, I was sensitive to the little girl’s privacy and space. Had this happened at the church I pastor, I wouldn’t have felt the same nudge to maintain myContinue reading “Not aimed at you”

W’s Qs #2

Part of John Wesley’s genius, as the founder of the Methodist Movement, was the way he organized to make disciples.  He established small groups everywhere he went.  When these small groups met, they would go through a list of questions at each meeting. The questions were designed to guide the group members into a deeperContinue reading “W’s Qs #2”

You Don’t Preach Right!

“You didn’t begin your sermon with the reading of the scripture text. You are always supposed to read the scripture as the beginning of your sermon.” This is a very close approximation to something a colleague of mine was told recently.  This colleague is soon to go before the Board of Ordained Ministry for commissioningContinue reading “You Don’t Preach Right!”

Vision Check

Sermon preached Sunday, August 30, 2015 at Euless First United Methodist Church Can you see the future from here? What does it look like? Which direction should we look? Some of us, as we age, do a whole lot more looking behind us than in front of us.  It is tempting; we know the past,Continue reading “Vision Check”

Thinking without thinking

We had a fascinating discussion yesterday at our Lenten Wednesday Lunch Study.  As you might expect, the discussion really got me thinking. We were talking about being righteous. Specifically about whether or not we are. Righteous, that is; whether or not we are righteous. Of course, the talk quickly moved toward our being righteous “inContinue reading “Thinking without thinking”