Where Do We Go From Here? – Part I

WhaddaulookinatThe resurrected Jesus is standing on the Mount of Olives with the disciples—the eleven specifically called along with several women and Jesus’ brothers—giving them a few last-minute words before he leaves. For the past forty days, since the resurrection, Jesus has been teaching them, “working in the power of the Holy Spirit,” the same HolyContinue reading “Where Do We Go From Here? – Part I”

Living the Resurrection: Paul

As we continue in our series on the resurrections of various biblical characters, let’s do a little recap. Two weeks ago, we talked about Moses and how he went through a series of different identities to become what God had in store for him, each of which led him to a different place and relationshipsContinue reading “Living the Resurrection: Paul”

What is a Methodist V

Wrestling not Rasslin’ Today I am going to tell you about the longest wrestling match in modern history. When I say wrestling, I mean actual wrestling not rasslin’. Rasslin’ is not a sport; it’s a glorified soap opera with costumed actors who do choreographed tumbling and gymnastics routines with one another. What I am talkingContinue reading “What is a Methodist V”

What is a Methodist II

Not Quite Alike Thousands of people in the world share both a birthday and birth parents. We refer to these people as twins, children born at basically the same time to the same parents. Most all of us know a set of twins from our family, from school, or at the very least, from popularContinue reading “What is a Methodist II”

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”

Living VII: Unity

Being Catholic Liturgy can open the world to some interesting questions. The things we say and do as part of our worship services introduce ideas to people that they may never have heard before, especially if they have never been in a church as part of our denomination. Of course, sometimes people who have attendedContinue reading “Living VII: Unity”

Living III – Follow Me

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 toContinue reading “Living III – Follow Me”

The Dark Night of the Methodist Soul

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 forContinue reading “The Dark Night of the Methodist Soul”

The Ministry V

The Power to Change Many people look back at their days in high school with great fondness, others with great sadness, and others would actually like to remember what happened. For me, it was a mixed bag, some good, some bad, some I can’t quite place even after nearly thirty years. My senior year wasContinue reading “The Ministry V”

Red Herrings and Other Things that Don’t Smell Quite Right

I love a good mystery. And in my humble opinion, the best movies and series for that right now are on BBC (don’t worry this isn’t an advert). There have been a few good American series (Homicide: Life on the Streets comes to mind) but generally the Brits have us beat when it comes to […]