I had actually come home early for once. Over the course of several weeks, I had been staying out with friends until two, three, four o’clock in the morning. I was in my early twenties and had just finished college. I was working as a graphic artist, paying off school loans, and trying to figure … Continue reading Walking Away
I run across a lot of things while reading for sermons and trying to keep up with what is going on in the wider world around us. One of the websites I got to with some frequency is called The Pew Research Center. The Pew Research Center is “is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs … Continue reading The Bliss of Ignorance
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
SHocking The eighteenth century was an age of fascination with electricity. Scientists were experimenting with things that created current to try and understand the way electricity worked. People were playing with things called static generators: a ball of sulfur or glass spun around while rubbing a hand or a woolen cloth on the outer glass. … Continue reading Living VIII: Pentecost
In my former life, I dealt with computers daily before it was common to deal with computers daily. I worked with some of the earliest graphic design software – things like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator – before they were the industry standard. In those early days, we could expect a new software update about once … Continue reading Musings: How do we stay ahead of things so that we don’t get left behind?
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?
One day as Jesus was walking along with his disciples, they came to a place called Caesarea Phillipi. The place was named for a ruler from Herod’s house named Herod Phillip II or Phillip the Tetrarch. At the time, there was a coin circulating with Phillip’s image on it, something considered idolatrous by the Jewish … Continue reading Musings: Whose Church or How Do I Destroy the Church Without Really Trying?