Written in Stone?

A funny thing happened on the way to a memorial service. I don’t even remember what we were talking about, but a granddaughter of the deceased said, “well, it’s not written in stone….” In that moment, I made a connection that seemed so obvious I was at once wanting to think more about it andContinue reading “Written in Stone?”

Experiments in Honesty – Book Review

I read Steve Daugherty’s Experiments in Honesty as my first blogger review book in a long time. What a great choice to get back on that horse with! Full disclosure: I received a free copy of the book based on my promise to blog a review of it. The content of the review is entirelyContinue reading “Experiments in Honesty – Book Review”

Not to compete with the movie franchise…

I am writing this to be read on Friday, April 13th.  We’ll have another Friday the 13th in July of this year. What do you think about Friday the 13th?  The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina estimated in 2012 that between 17 and 21 million Americans struggle to some degree orContinue reading “Not to compete with the movie franchise…”

Are we in Sync?

I saw and re-tweeted a request for prayer for Belize this morning. Our Church is sending a team on mission there in April, so it caught my attention. That I was invited to pray for Belize wasn’t blog-worthy. The other point the tweet shared was. Apparently much of Belize has been evangelized, but there isContinue reading “Are we in Sync?”

I (h)ate Christmas Sermon 3

 Advent 2017.3: DesperATE to ImmediATE I don’t know if this is true, but rumor had it, when I was a college student, federal regulations said you couldn’t call something a hamburger that wasn’t pure beef. You couldn’t just google it back then. We began to wonder when the campus dining hall would post the day’sContinue reading “I (h)ate Christmas Sermon 3”

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”

#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”

W’s Q’s #4

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 Q’s #4”

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””