Qualities like generosity, kindness, humility, and honesty are commended in Proverbs 28. To receive these qualities, we need patience and persistence. The first step is to fit into God’s plan for us. Keep going to Him in prayer to receive … Continue reading →
The story of Jesus’ Ascension, to the Rev. William D. Cotton, was a political statement against the evil Roman Empire—a way of saying that we know one who in life or death is greater than Caesars.
The Book of Acts tells stories about God’s Spirit doing big things. Our story this Sunday contains one of the biggest shifts the early church experienced. The disciples are surprised and amazed at what God’s power can do! Have you ever wondered how to tell if God is moving? How can we discover what God […]
The Rev. Rich Peck pays an instructive time-travel visit to his 24-year-old newly ordained self to find some perspective on the special called 2019 General Conference.
It seems that every group I am involved in is working for social change. Things like: changing the justice system […]
The 2012 General Conference commissioned the Board of Church and Society to do a total rewrite of the United Methodist Social Principles. The project is moving toward completion with the publication of the first draft of the proposed new principles. The aims in drafting the new principles were to make them: More succinct More theologically grounded More […]
What does it profit me to gain a complete resume, but lose my soul?
These thoughts started a conversation that was had at Lee Memorial United Methodist Church on “Humor” Sunday, April 8, 2018. The discussion was based upon a reading from Psalm 126. I have developed a handout to accompany this teaching and, hopefully, further the discussion in your home or small group. You can download it here. Note: the […]
United Methodist black leaders who worked with or knew Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reflect on the gains and challenges of racial justice in the half-century after King’s assassination April 4, 1968.
Image: Holy Saturday II © Jan Richardson Reading from the Gospels, Holy Saturday: Matthew 27.57-66 or John 19.38-42 Holy Saturday is not a day for answers. It is a threshold day, a day that lies between, and so resists any easy certainty. It is a day of waiting, of remembering to breathe, of willing ourselves […]