#UMCGC and moving on to perfection

Do you expect to be made perfect in love in this life? For at least the last 25 years, I have answered this question, “Yes, by the grace of God.” The other seven members of my ordination class in the Texas Annual Conference in 1991 answered the same. As far as I know, every ordainedContinue reading “#UMCGC and moving on to perfection”

Putting Jesus “First”

“Put Jesus first.”  I feel like I hear this a lot.  The scripture that has informed our current sermon series, Colossians 1:15-20, supports this directive.  It says, after all, in verse 18 He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the one who is firstborn from among the dead soContinue reading “Putting Jesus “First””

But it’s in my DNA…

Blaming things on DNA is so 1990’s. You’re going to need a better excuse. In church work and leadership, it’s still a big thing to talk about identifying your church’s DNA. Of course DNA is a metaphor in this case.  We use this metaphor we we talk about a congregation’s origin story and significant pointsContinue reading “But it’s in my DNA…”

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!”

Say it like you mean it!

There is some wisdom in “fake it till you make it.” Would you join me in providing proof this Thanksgiving? John Wesley, the father of methodism, struggled in his early years to find assurance of salvation. His worked harder than most at the spiritual disciplines hoping to find peace with God, yet it seemed.to laudeContinue reading “Say it like you mean it!”

Are You Either Or?

“You are either part of the problem or.part of the solution,” goes the cliche. The only hope for The United Methodist Church is that we insist on being both. The cacophany of blaming others is deafening. Local churches blame Boards and Agencies. Bishops blame elders. Pastors blame congregations and District Superintendents. Whatever any task forceContinue reading “Are You Either Or?”

Seeking Laity

We start this year’s Annual Conference this coming Sunday, June 7.  This year, for the first time in a long, long, time, the Central Texas Annual Conference will meet in a church, not in a convention center.  We will not have assigned seats with name placards. We will attend a Texas Ranger’s baseball game togetherContinue reading “Seeking Laity”

Time flies

It is hard to believe, but 20 years ago this month I graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary. Besides the move from Wilmore back to Texas, I have moved 7 times in those 20 years, serving 7 different churches, two campus ministries, and one children’s home. I have grown in ways I would not have, perhapsContinue reading “Time flies”

General Conference @ Annual Conference

We are congratulating ourselves and one another for our hosting of General Conference. “If there’s something we are really good it, it is greeting fellow United Methodists with great hospitality.” Wow. Now, taken in the context of the pages and hours of guidelines and training, that we were hospitable should come as no surprise. ThatContinue reading “General Conference @ Annual Conference”