I. What We Share with Others Share and Share Alike As human beings, we know something of who we are by where we came from. Many of us identify ourselves by both the place we were born and the family we were born into. Being a Jarrell from Marietta, Georgia is very different than being … Continue reading What is a Methodist I
My grandfather was what you might have termed, a rounder. He had a very colorful life with many interesting adventures before he came to the faith somewhat later in life. My grandfather’s conversion made life interesting for my mother and her brothers and sisters, since the older ones knew him first as the rounder and … Continue reading Musings: How Much Truth Do We Really Want?
Skittley be bop de boop de bopI have heard from people through the years that jazz is an acquired taste, and you either acquire it or you don’t; It’s kind of like rutabaga or persimmons in that way. As a musical form, it can be lively, unpredictable, and rarely played the same way twice, even … Continue reading Living IV – Listen to Me
Committee meetings unnerve me sometimes. They are unscripted, unpredictable and that is exactly the sort of environment where I am prone to say something that is less than brilliant. But sometimes, these sorts of situations open the door to things we never expect; things like healing, forgiveness, awareness. I went into a meeting this past … Continue reading You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone – Maybe
Adjustments As most of you know, I like to eat. I mean, I really like to eat. Pick a food group, I have a favorite, especially where breads and sweets are concerned. When I was younger – much younger, I might add – I could eat ridiculous amounts of food without any apparent effect to … Continue reading Living III – Follow Me
We have cried. We have lamented. We have ground our teeth and spat invectives at one another, arguing like children over a tattered toy. We have shown ourselves to be more antichrists than little Christs. And we have placed ourselves on the brink of destroying our current part of a heritage that has existed for … Continue reading The Dark Night of the Methodist Soul
After work one night, I decided to go to the movies. I drove to one of the theaters close to where I was working at the time and bought a ticket for the last showing of the night. I walked in and sat down in a seat in the middle of an aisle, two thirds … Continue reading What Scares You?