United Methodist Church
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"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
More Than Words
I have always heard preachers complaining about dusty bibles leading to dusty spiritual lives. In return, there has
been much preaching about the spiritual condition of the soul that neglects such reading. But I fear that many have never learned
how to read the Bible, and therefore become frustrated with their reading as it seems...
Let’s Put It In Writing
There has been much chatter and spilled ink over the last several years concerning the area of discipleship.
It seems every week there is a new flavor of discipleship that hits the book stores. It forced me to step back and reflect on why
there is such a move toward discipleship teaching when it should ...
What’s Your Story?
How do you understand the sacraments of the church? Are they avenues by which you understand your life in
Christ, avenues by which God draws you deeper into his limitless grace? Or, are they ritual ceremonies that the church could do without?
The problem with this of course is Christ commanded both Holy Communion and ...
The Article below is a review of the first chapter of The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I
recommend everyone read this book at least once (you can pick up a copy at Lifeway or BAM). When it was first recommended to me years
ago, I assumed it was an abstract scholarly piece discussing ...
Examining the Evidence
By the time you read this the Easter season will have ended, and we will be in the beginning of what the
church calls “ordinary time.” But, before we completely let go of Easter, I thought I would give you the main points of the Easter
sermon. It is a sermon I did not have ...
Reflecting On Our Christianity
(Below is one of the many questions I had to answer for the Board of Ordained Ministry. As I was
rereading this, I thought this would be a great conversation starter to talk about the things that have influenced or should be given
influence to our Christianity.) The United Methodist Church holds that scripture, tradition, experience, ...
Step by Step
Here we are approaching the end of the season of Lent. Easter Sunday is not far off on the horizon. How are you
doing with the commitments made on Ash Wednesday? Did you find it difficult to keep up the pace you set for yourself? Many people
have lofty ideas when it comes to the ...
Finding Our Focus
I am often haunted by God’s question to Adam and Eve after they had sinned against God, “Where are you?” It
is a question God asks all people down through the ages. On the surface, it could mean that Adam and Eve had hidden themselves so
well that God could not see them. But this ...
Love Never Fails
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and there is no doubt on February 13th people (mostly men) will
flood stores and florist shops everywhere looking for that perfect gift to express their undying love and affection for that certain
someone. The thick irony is within the gifts themselves. Flowers will die, chocolate is consumed, ...
Are You a Dreamer?
Joseph’s dream in the first chapter of Matthew has always intrigued me. It represents the unfettered imagination
that provides courage and purpose to do what some would label as impossible and/or foolish. Dreams threaten the status quo and are
dangerous to our neatly packaged values we uphold, whether right or wrong. More often than not, ...
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