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?”
Tom Wright, I believe, said something like, “I believe I’m right 2/3 of the time. The challenge is that I am never sure exactly which 2/3 that is.” I’m pretty sure I agree with him about this. What I mean by that is that I recognize I am not right about everything. On the otherContinue reading “I don’t always agree with me”
In 1982, I made a conscious decision to move away from a dorm with semi-private bathrooms to a dorm with community bathrooms on each floor. And I never looked back. Ok; the bathroom set up wasn’t the reason I chose the other dorm (It helped they had installed air-conditioning over the summer). Community was differentContinue reading “2017 version of Community Bathrooms”
In the face of all the many disagreements, and further, in the face of what seems to be a lack of ability to communicate in civil and well-intentioned ways, I thought this morning of these words from Isaiah 55:8-9 My plans aren’t your plans, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.Continue reading “Does God agree with you? with me?”
This is sermon 2 in the Branded series at Euless First United Methodist Church. Retired United Methodist Bishop Will Willimon once told this story about the merging of two Annual Conferences in South Carolina. These were, by the way, not geographic areas being merged, but, rather, racially segregated conferences. However antiquated it might sound, Methodism inContinue reading “What Business are we in?”
We have just begun a new sermon series at Euless First United Methodist Church. This series was inspired by a presentation Mike Slaughter made at FUMC Hurst in February of this year.Here is the first sermon from the series, preached Sunday morning, April 17, 2016. It all started April 23, 1985. 31 years ago nextContinue reading “The BRAND we all share”
One of Liam’s (my 2 year old son) favorite things to say right now is “I don’t know.” I hope I am always willing to say this. It’s one of those things I think is a sign of maturity. Even if (especially if) you aren’t 2 anymore.
At Euless First UMC we have been on a Long and Winding Road since late August. This has been my sermon series, but it has also been an effort to get people to share their stories with one another. I contend that coming to terms with one’s own faith story is the best exercise forContinue reading “Do you know what you think?”