January 28, 2019

       You may not read this article until after the day has passed, but I am writing this article while bitter cold blows across the January landscape. As snow falls on already icy pavement, in many ways, it feels like winter has just barely begun. Whil...

January 24, 2019

Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look! I’m making all things new.” -Revelation 21:5

        Each new year there is a lot of pressure to change.  Besides dropping large sequined balls from the sky, watching football, drinking champagne and staying up way later th...

November 28, 2018

           Advent is a season of waiting and a season of expectation.  We are called to carry the same anticipation for the coming of Jesus that the world had before his birth 2000 years ago. It is a season of hope.  Hope that God will continue to work in the world, tr...

October 29, 2018

        Fall is my favorite season by far.  I love when the heat and humidity of summer melt away and the cool breeze of fall begins to blow change across the Midwest.  Farmers reap their harvest, leaves change colors and fall from their branches, campfires begin roari...

September 25, 2018

       Think for a second about Bible verses that have stuck with you in life.  "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you",  "The wages of sin is death", "For God so loved the world He gave his only Son", "God helps those who help themselves", "Everything happ...

September 18, 2018

         I remember sitting in a Bible study in Pontiac, IL with a group of around 20 mostly senior-aged parishioners.  I asked them, "Who has been the most important spiritual mentor in your life?"  Almost universally, this group of 60-80 year old church members share...

August 1, 2018

       In 2016, when the Quadrennial General Conference of the United Methodist Church gathered members from around the globe, there was a contentious fight over the issue of homosexuality in the church. Namely, the issue of pastors performing marriages for members of...

June 19, 2018

        The founder of the Methodist Church, John Wesley, provided three simple rules for Christians meant to be our way of living as we seek the sanctifying grace that leads to holiness.  These rules sound easy, but in practice are far more difficult to follow in our...

June 19, 2018

        Since the very beginning of the Methodist Church, both clergy and lay members from around the world have gathered each year in conference as an intentional act of unity and fellowship.  Part of what makes us Methodist is the critical act of sharing our successe...

May 22, 2018

         Over the past few years, I've been to many workshops done by authors, pastors, bishops and consultants on how we can "save" the modern church from its inevitable doom.  The workshops all kind of play out the same way.  The first thing we hear is that the churc...

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