Remember Your Baptism and Embrace Your Healing

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Sermons | 0 comments

There’s a beautiful story that I heard not too long ago. The tale recounts the birth of a young man in a small village in Africa. The tribe varies in the telling, but the story is apocryphal, so it is to be expected. A young woman decides it is time to have a child. She begins the preparations not with the gathering of clothing or building a crib. She begins by going apart from her people to discover the song of this new life. She sits beneath...

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Book Review: A Jew Named Jesus by Rebekah Simon-Peter

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Book Review, Discipleship, Main, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

It wasn’t a shock to see “A Jew Named Jesus” as a book title. After all, I’ve been a pastor for several years. I’m also seminary-trained and I understand the history of the Bible.  But for this pastor, who has never been immersed in Jewish culture, this book was a phenomenally eye-opening experience. Rebekah Simon-Peter offers a distinct flavor that has been missing from Christian culture and provides an entry...

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6 Things Christians Must Do to Be Effective

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Discipleship, Main, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

In the past ten years, more and more people have talked about what “The Church” must do in order to survive in coming years. There are videos about the Death Tsunami. There are blog posts about the impending doom of a marginalized “mainstream protestantism.” But that’s not at all important unless your goal is to preserve an institution. My bishop is much more concerned with how we focus on mission instead of...

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With Friends Like These…

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in General Rant, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Pop Culture, Society at Large | 0 comments

People sure do carry a lot of anger and frustration around. I’ve had a dozen conversations this week about how to deal with difficult people, how to control anger and frustration, and methods of calming an anxious spirit. Perhaps, this is a good time to share some wisdom I’ve discovered and advice that I’ve been offered. Anger Isn’t a Bad Thing According to Scripture, wrath is the bugaboo, not anger. Paul says, “Do...

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Take Disciples … Yes, You

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism | 1 comment

Today is Saturday. That means that I’ve heard that “the Church is in decline” approximately a hundred times since Sunday, give or take a few. It means that I’ve heard that the answer is “to make disciples for the transformation of the world,” approximately seventy-five times. You may have noticed that I hear about the problem more often than I hear about any proposed solutions. But there is a great deal of...

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