Oct 30 2014

One Mile Mosser: Rethink: Generosity

Our Stewardship Education Series this year is titled “Rethink: Generosity.” We are now approaching our Loyalty Sunday in which we make an estimate of what we will give the church to do ministry in 2015.

A difficult task is easier done when we know that we are not alone in the struggle. It is easy to give up if is just me, but there is a synergistic flow of energy when it is us.

There was a man in a community who owned a little saw mill. He had one log truck with which he hauled in raw logs. One rainy day he was coming in over the graveled road with a heavy load. The truck slipped in the ditch. He walked a mile up the road to a house and asked the farmer if he would bring his tractor and pull his log truck out of the ditch.

The man said he did not have a tractor, but he had a mule, old Blue. The owner of the log truck said he doubted that a mule could do the job. The farmer said: “You don’t know my mule, Blue.” So, they brought old Blue to the log truck and hitched him to it. The man cracked his whip and said, “Come on Blue.” Blue pulled but the truck did not move. He cracked his whip again and said, “Come on Mac.”

The truck moved just an inch or two. He cracked his whip again and said, “Come on Maude,” and the truck came right out of the ditch. The log truck owner thanked the farmer, but asked him: “Why did you call that mule by three different names?”

“Well,” said the farmer, “you have to understand that Blue is blind and if he thought he was the only one pulling, your truck would still be in the ditch.”

When we think of the family, city, state, and nation as “ours,” and we all pull together, we can solve almost any problem.  What if we included in “our” church God and Christ? What if we pulled our weight as if others depended on us?

Come, Worship

Stay, Learn
Go, Serve

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Oct 30 2014

Methodist in-Formation: Be One, Too: Lead Others to the Promised Land!

This message was offered at Lee Memorial United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 26, 2014.  This message is meant to freely flow from a moment with children to a conversation with adults who are all seated in the round at tables.  It’s a new style of preaching for me in a new experimental worship experience we’re trying for […]

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Oct 30 2014

Thoughts From The Heart On The Left: “Staring Across The Abyss”

Mediation for November 2, 2014, the 21st Sunday after Pentecost (Year A) All Saints Sunday Joshua 3: 7 – 17, 1 Thessalonians 2: 9 – 13, Matthew 23: 1 – 12 I have chosen to use the regular lectionary readings for this Sunday rather … Continue reading

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Oct 30 2014

Appalachian Preacher: Finding The Kingdom in Gloom and Doom

Over the past couple of months, I’ve found myself inundated with nothing but bad news.  As we wait on the edge of our seats for the decision of the grand jury in Missouri regarding whether or not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, I find the country (and my community) […]

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Oct 30 2014

United Methodist Church Pastor Poet: Fears and Halloween

What we think is ours is really not.I have trouble sometimes with giving away my love and blessing to others. For example, when I meet someone new for the first time, I tend to be careful about letting down my guard, of fully being present with that pe…

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Oct 30 2014

Wheneftalks: Math on Alleged “Voter Fraud” in Texas

We’ve been debating the discriminatory and shameful voter ID laws on my Facebook page for several days now. A lot of the debate centers around the question of just how wide spread the… Continue reading

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