The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)
As I reflect upon what the United Methodist Church faces in the future, I believe that our best days are yet to come. When I am able to look beyond the issues that not only divide us but also define us, I can see a future filled with hope. Erwin McManus, pastor of the Mosaic […]
What is a church? A collection of rules based on law, or a congregation of relationships built on love? Is our action and identity together based on “administering” the procedures, or ministering to people? Bishop Dick Wills in his book, Waking to God’s Dream, writes, “When Eileen and I were first married, I was surprised […]
In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins writes about Admiral Jim Stockdale, who was captured by the enemy during the Vietnam War. He was “the highest-ranking United States military officer in the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prisoner-of-war camp.” Tortured over 20 times during his eight-year imprisonment from 1965 to 1973, Stockdale lived out the war without […]
During these weeks before Christmas, we seem more sensitized to human need and lack of peace in our communities and around the world. As we frantically attempt to have a season that is merry and bright in the midst of mass murders, economic injustice, acts of racism, unwelcomed refugees, hungry and homeless children, women, and […]
“What is mission?” Volumes have been written attempting to articulate what mission means. It can be easy to be confused with words like mission and missions. A simple “s” can change the focus.