Category Archive: Methodist

Trepidation

I write this article with a vague feeling of trepidation. We are once again celebrating Advent, a season which reminds us of God’s universal love and boundless grace, demonstrated by the birth of… Continue reading

They Had all Things in Common

Historical reporting presents a constricted view of the events and culture being described. Ultimately all history is a snapshot that, despite being worth a thousand words, cannot convey the actualities of the past.… Continue reading

A Passionate Church

Years ago, when I was struggling with the idea of becoming a pastor, I took a lay leadership class in one of our states larger cities. The host minster explained that 30 years… Continue reading

What is the Good News

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is more than the story of our savior. While beliefs about salvation, prosperity, truth, forgiveness and love are integral to God’s plans, they are not the purpose of… Continue reading

Reckless Driving

While driving to class in Kansas City recently I saw a car coming up from behind me dodging through traffic, changing lanes and driving recklessly. It almost clipped my bumper as it hurled… Continue reading

Want a Beer Pastor?

The question is often asked, “Are you comfortable in your own skin?” My answer is, “Sometimes.” As a pastoral leader I am often faced with uncomfortable and challenging situations. My responses require a… Continue reading

First Steps

First steps are always the most important. They may not seem significant but taking that first step is a commitment to follow a path toward either a certain or uncertain future. Lives will… Continue reading

Ruminatin’

At the beginning of each season I choose a theme to be the foundation of my messages. These themes are developed through prayer and seeking God’s plans for His churches under my care.… Continue reading

Attitude!!

There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. ‘Well,’ she said, ‘I think I’ll braid my hair… Continue reading

When Churches Fly!

In my former life as a livestock consultant I once worked with a hog farmer who just couldn’t seem to make a profit. Though the owner had good livestock and quality equipment and… Continue reading