Learning New Things

About a year and a half ago, I sent in a DNA sample to ancestry.com. The initial results came back and were not much of a surprise. It said I was mostly English/Norman French, a little Scots-Irish, and slight bit Norwegian. The thing about Ancestry and other companies that are engaged in this kind ofContinue reading “Learning New Things”

Being and Becoming

“Everything changes and nothing stands still.”—Heraclitus “After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, saying, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives and trust this good news!”—Mark 1:14-15 Change is a funny thing. On the one hand, we recognize it is inevitable, it is goingContinue reading “Being and Becoming”

The GIGO Principle

I was first introduced to the GIGO principle by one of my oldest friends when we were kids. He was considerably smarter than I was and exceptionally gifted when it came to working with computers. He explained to me that the GIGO principle was ‘garbage in, garbage out.’ What he meant was that if youContinue reading “The GIGO Principle”

Living the Resurrection: Ruth

The Resurrection of Ruth  Given how difficult it was last week to try to sum up and characterize the life of a major biblical figure, you would think I should have learned my lesson. As usual, I didn’t. Once again this week, I am going to look into the life of someone from the bibleContinue reading “Living the Resurrection: Ruth”

The Gifts of Christmas – Joy

Joy is not what it seems Most of the time, we feel like we have a pretty firm grasp on the world around us. What seems to be a tree is a tree; what seems to be a rock is a rock. We see the world through eyes that recognize things for what they are.Continue reading “The Gifts of Christmas – Joy”

Musings – New Directions

  Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. 1 Peter 2:2-3 This messenger was John the Baptist. He was in the wilderness and preached that peopleContinue reading “Musings – New Directions”

What is a Methodist IV

Using the Tools of the Trade Playhouse Building 101 When I was a kid, one of the coolest things I remember is camping out with my friend Daniel in his backyard. He was best friend growing up and we spent a lot of time together in school and out. Daniel is probably the smartest personContinue reading “What is a Methodist IV”

What is a Methodist I

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 beingContinue reading “What is a Methodist I”

With All Your Heart – Preparing

Something Missing Sundays are always chaos for my family and I. Usually, we end up being at church about half an hour early, leaving after most people have left, and coming back for evening things like youth, children’s activities, and choir. In between, I try to get something to eat and start my study forContinue reading “With All Your Heart – Preparing”