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Who Is Christ to You?

“Bless the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing that comes from heaven.”-Ephesians 1:3 Fred Craddock once told a parable about a man who moved into a cottage equipped with a stove and simple furnishings. As the sharp edge of winter cut across the […]

Walk & Talk

“So how can they call on someone they don’t have faith in? And how can they have faith in someone they haven’t heard of? And how can they hear without a preacher?” – Romans 10:14-15 What does it mean to start a new year as a preacher with new resolve, new hope, and new vision? If […]

New Year, New Hope

What does it mean to start a new year as a new person with new resolve, new hope, and new vision? One of my favorite scripture texts is 2 Corinthians 5:17: “So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new […]

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Crashing the Future

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 […]

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Not By Rules, But Relationships

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 […]

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We Do Not Lose Heart

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 […]

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During these Weeks Before Christmas

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 […]