Contributed on Feb 16, 2010
An Ash Wednesday sermon reminding us of this "messy business" of our call to share in the suffering of Christ by taking up his cross and following.
Perhaps you have noticed in our modern world an unhealthy preoccupation with beauty. Of course, there are the obvious signs; like the fact that already pictures of seemingly beautiful models are touched up and airbrushed before they go to print so that the models are not just beautiful, but ...read more
Contributed on Feb 17, 2010
As Christ followers, our task is to overcome the hindrances of this world that keep ourselves and others from growing in a relationship with Christ.
What’s keeping you from Christ? What’s keeping you from God? As we think on such questions, we probably all try to find an easy way out. “What’s keeping me from Christ? Well, Christ is not here anymore. God is just like some clockmaker who sets things in motion and then steps away.” But Scripture ...read more
Contributed on Feb 24, 2010
Following Christ to Jerusalem and sharing in Christ’s glory means we too must go the way of the cross, drinking from Christ’s cup and sharing in his baptism.
Those of you who have been around the United Methodist Church for any amount of time are at least somewhat familiar with our appointive system; the method by which we send and receive pastors to our churches. I think if you were to ask any of us pastors, we would agree that, in our opinion, the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 4, 2010
In the face of trials and temptations, we have to follow Jesus' example in Gethsemane and yield ourselves to God's will in prayer.
Three ministers were talking about prayer and the appropriate and effective positions for prayer. As they were talking, a telephone repairman was working on the phone system in the background. One minister shared that he felt the key was in the hands. He always held his hands together and pointed ...read more
Contributed on Mar 11, 2010
We can spend our lives full of regrets, or we can devote our lives wholly to Christ and experience the blessings of abundant life.
Missed opportunities. We live our lives saying, “Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda.” I “woulda” visited my grandparents more, but it was just such a long drive. I “coulda” done better on that test, but I wanted to hang out with my friends. I “shoulda” devoted ...read more
Contributed on Mar 17, 2010
The sacrifice of Jesus Christ requires a response of the most extravagant love and devotion; a spending of our lives in true discipleship.
Are there some Clue fans out there? Anyone who’s ever played the game, or perhaps watched the movie? I grew up playing Clue. I loved Clue because I was good at it. Well, either I was good at it, or my parents held back a little bit and “let me win.” But I don’t think that was the case. At any rate, ...read more
Contributed on Mar 23, 2010
Jesus' triumphal entry in Jerusalem brings before us a call to surrender ourselves in praise to the living God!
I think it’s easy for us to imagine Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We can easily see the joy of the people as they wave their palm branches and welcome the King. It’s easy for us to think about Jesus, riding high atop the colt, smiling and waving to the thronging crowds ...read more
Contributed on Mar 28, 2010
Our sharing in eternal life with Jesus Christ begins and end when we follow his example of the Upper Room, serving one another and sharing in the Lord's Supper.
Ever since we were children, old enough to toddle on our own two feet and reach the faucet, we have been told to “go wash up!” You’ve got mud all over yourself, go wash up! Your grandparents are coming, go wash up! Tomorrow’s church, go wash up! It’s dinner time, go ...read more
Contributed on Mar 30, 2010
An Easter Sunrise Service meditation on Christ as the light of our lives.
Have you ever experienced total darkness? I’m not talking about our “modern darkness,” which means that the light is coming from something other than the sun. I’m talking about complete blackness. Once, when I was in elementary school, I spent the night in a cave with my ...read more
Contributed on Mar 31, 2010
The resurrection of Christ is THE defining moment of history, but more importantly it is the pivotal moment of our lives.
Throughout history, there have been significant mile markers that humanity points to saying, “That changes everything!” First, there was fire. We can easily imagine people shivering and cold, huddled in the caves of a glacial landscape, eating raw plants and meat. And then suddenly, ...read more
Contributed on Mar 7, 2012
We all have a tendency to "seek first" for ourselves, but part of following Christ fully and completely means that we live as Christ did, serving others.
How many of you have a cross that you like to wear? Maybe it’s cross earrings or the more common cross necklace. Maybe some of you even have a cross tattoo somewhere. Perhaps if you’re not into tattoos or jewelry you have a cross, or maybe many crosses, that hang somewhere in your ...read more