Page 2 of 2

United Methodist clergy and laity are reading this article How old is too old to join the clergy? – UMC.org., and they are responding.  The Texas Annual (regional) Conference has proposed changing its minimum standards for clergy to discourage people over 45 from becoming candidates for ordained ministry.  Being an Emory University Candler School of Theology […]

Luke 19:28-40, Common English Bible  After Jesus said this, he continued on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.  As Jesus came to Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he gave two disciples a task. He said, “Go into the village over there. When you enter it, you will find tied up there a colt that no one […]

This is my sermon text from Sunday, March 17: John 12:1-11, The Common English Bible Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, home of Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Lazarus and his sisters hosted a dinner for him. Martha served and Lazarus was among those who joined him at the table. Then Mary took […]

Gets your attention, doesn’t it?   Bishop Will Willimon, not I, used this title for a book that is being reissued and that I am using for an after Easter Sunday sermon series.  Many people say that Christians are too judgmental and that Christians talk too much about sin.  Maybe the reality is that Christians […]

Being in Kenya and then Amsterdam visiting with family, I have not commented on Adam Hamilton’s article in the Washington Post on February 13.  Rev. Brent White and I are United Methodist clergy colleagues and share in the ministry of teaching Kenya United Methodist pastors.  We have different points of view on this topic and […]

At Starrsville UMC we are in the middle of a sermon series based on the book, Just Walk Across the Room, Simple Steps Pointing People to Faith by Bill Hybels.  I like this book because Hybels is concise in his writing style along with providing practical ways that we are to share our faith.  Jesus was […]

Last week I attended the Practical Peacebuilding Conference sponsored by Emory University Candler School of Theology and The General Theological Seminary Desmond Tutu Center. On Thursday afternoon we participated in a noon time Holy Communion service in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd on the Campus of The General Theological Seminary. This is the baptismal […]

Today I read this story, “Two Reasons Why Obama Thinks Religious Freedom does not Apply to Business” from Catholic Online.  Here’s the link to the story: http://www.catholic.org/politics/story.php?id=49151 I remember the time when almost all employers provided “free”/no extra cost  health care coverage to employees.  It was a “given.”  Then something changed. Health care costs began […]

Have you seen the movie, Secretariat?  I have now watched it four times, and each time I watch it I find another connection the screenwriter (story teller) has managed to connect the unique life of a record setting Triple Crown winning race horse to the Christian story.  When this happens, I am reminded of the […]