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A message to American worryers

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The big, scary monster that was Election 2016 is no more!  You just Amen-ed, didn’t you? This past Sunday our church observed All Saints Sunday.  One of the readings for that service was from Daniel 7, his dream of the four beasts.  Of the dream, Daniel says, “my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my head terrified me.”  Seeing how this was the Sunday before Election Tuesday, I noticed how easy it was for all of us to relate to how Daniel felt.  So many of us have worried…read more

Betty Goes to Jail

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This weekend I preached from Luke’s passage when Jesus sends the disciples out with power and authority.  They were told to take nothing with them.  All they would have would be the power, authority and mission Christ gave them.  The sermon was a chance to emphasize the role of service in our Christian faith. If we’re not serving, what are we doing?  Probably taking care of ourselves, but I won’t preach that sermon today. Instead, I want to introduce you to Betty.  When I first saw Betty’s story I teared up….read more

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4 things I never thought I’d hear in church

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Old hard drives can be fun. I was scrounging for a few old documents I thought would be useful.  After an untold number of unsuccessful search  attempts I began to open random files.  I tend to be pretty organized when it comes to my computer files.  Still, nothing beats having a MISCELLANEOUS folder–oh, the things you can find. In that beloved MISC fortune I found a file entitled “what to blog about.”  It was full of all kinds of headlines I had written to share on the blog.  Some had a sentence…read more

What I would tell Sam Bradford

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One of the big sports stories yesterday involved my favorite team.  Quarterback Sam Bradford informed the Philadelphia Eagles that he wanted to be traded.  Drama in the NFL! The word is that since the team made moves to, supposedly, draft a new quarterback, Sam isn’t willing to play.  Now, I’m not going to pretend to know what he is thinking or why.  There are plenty of people on TV and radio for that.  I’ve heard he’s a great person–even a United Methodist.  There may be other legitimate reasons for his wanting to leave….read more

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To the Coast!

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It’s that time again! I received the news last week of my new appointment. At the end of June, our family is moving to Corpus Christi to serve Kelsey Memorial Iglesia Metodista Unida.  There’s no in-house website to link you to–my first day’s work?–but hey, the blog has never been set on the beach before. Maybe you’ll get a different vibe when you read. We’re scheduled to move on Thursday, June 25th. So, our first Sunday in Corpus will be June 28th.   The move was not on my radar…read more

Those ugly cards that work

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Every Sunday our church welcomes every person in worship. We recognize and thank God for those people who have been around the church forever, F-O-R-E-V-E-R!  They have served on every committee, have prayed for the church and most likely have bought their more-than-fair share of bake sale items.  And they keep coming to worship.  So, we thank God for them. There are also people who are new.  If you haven’t learned, churches tend to walk slowly.  So, “new” might been they’ve around a few months or a few years.  Still, they’re…read more