Does God agree with you? with me?

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?”

UNwilling

On this day in 1738 John Wesley found his way to a gathering on Aldersgate street. Remembering it, he wrote this in his journal: “In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street….” Unwillingly. At Aldersgate, following a reading of Martin Luther’s preface to Romans, Wesley wrote that his heart wasContinue reading “UNwilling”

Can we at least…?

I know, #UMCGC has decided not to decide anything about sexuality for the remainder of this session.  We’ll all be here whenever the special commission reports. In the meantime, is it too late for a civil rights move?  I don’t know why it just struck me today, but can we at least affirm the civilContinue reading “Can we at least…?”

STOP looking at Jesus!

This picture did it. Threw me across the line I’ve been toeing for several days, if not weeks. Seems pretty harmless, right? Maybe even encouraging? Even if you realize, as I did the moment I saw it, that this is a picture of Barry Gibb, one of the Bee Gees. Today we celebrate the Ascension.  TheContinue reading “STOP looking at Jesus!”

Who are our customers?

Sermon #3 in our Branded series, preached Sunday, May 1 at Euless First United Methodist Church “I gave you a $20. You gave me change for a 10!” One of the hardest lessons for me to learn working a counter register or the drive-through window at McDonald’s was “The customer is always right.” In thisContinue reading “Who are our customers?”

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””

Do you really want what you want?

After a few fleeting moments of playing in the snow this morning, the kids were inside, warm, and dry. And ready to watch something. Hello, Netflix! Eliza wanted to watch Annie. Liam wanted to watch Mater’s Tale Tales. Then Mr. Peabody and Sherman. It turns out it was Liam’s turn to choose, so two thingsContinue reading “Do you really want what you want?”

My Belated Apologies, Paul and Art

Yesterday I cracked open Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark.  This is the July selection for our Summer Book Club.   Here’s how the Introduction opens: I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the LORD, theContinue reading “My Belated Apologies, Paul and Art”