Pondering Principles – Preamble

One of the interesting things about a lot of the people who claim to be United Methodists is that we don’t even know what our official denominational stance is on a great many issues. Hell, I was shocked at the number of employed UMC clergy who have not yet read our Social Principles completely. SomeContinue reading “Pondering Principles – Preamble”

#LettersForMyBoys – 1

Today, I begin a walk through the book of Proverbs. Proverbs was a book of everyday wisdom that parents, usually fathers to sons in the original context, used to prepare their children to be functioning members of their communities. In so many ways, Proverbs provides wisdom we can sink our teeth into even if weContinue reading “#LettersForMyBoys – 1”

How do we know if we are disciples of Jesus?

Well, the simple answer is that we know we are disciples of Jesus if we are emulating him or doing what he did. We know we are his disciples if we have the same heart of compassion and love that he did. We know that we are his disciples if we know where and whenContinue reading “How do we know if we are disciples of Jesus?”

Being Known is Key in Communication

Why is being known important? If we are not known, who is going to bother listening to us? How often do we let strangers help us? My wife was walking down the street the other day and someone pulled up alongside of her and offered to give her a ride. She wisely declined. She didn’tContinue reading “Being Known is Key in Communication”

Loving Without Reservation

We should convince others that they have lives worth transforming by helping them cast out their demons, by healing them of their sickness, by loving them without reservations. There is a quote by Max Lucado that reads, “God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way. He wantsContinue reading “Loving Without Reservation”

Heal The World

I can’t recall one healing miracle in the Bible where a belief that Jesus could do it was absent. Sometimes Jesus initiated the healing. More often, people went to or were brought to Jesus. In the case of the bleeding woman, she didn’t even ask for healing but got it just by touching Jesus’ robe.Continue reading “Heal The World”