Holy Curiosity

Almost 20 years ago, I was invited over to Bill’s house for dinner because his older sister Judy was in town. I was invited because I knew Judy pretty well, we’d been together on several special occasions and I liked her a lot. When Judy visited, it was always an occasion because she was bigger…

Seeing and Being Seen

Several weeks ago, I preached a sermon using some of the ideas from the book Stranger God by Richard Beck. Beck uses Matthew 25 to remind us that Jesus didn’t say we’d encounter him in our closest family and friends. He said we’d encounter him in strangers–when we feed the hungry, offer a drink to…

UMW Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity

Putting faith, hope and love into action is a familiar phrase that defines who we are as United Methodist Women. Our local unit knows that in the DNA of UMW is the knowledge that the word “love” in the Methodist tradition is a verb requiring action, not merely a noun. On April 19, members of…

Inappropriate vs. Dangerous

Maybe you saw or heard the uproar last month about the children’s film “Show Dogs”. Maybe you missed it. For those of you who were wrapped up in all the happenings in the month of May and didn’t catch it, I’ll quickly bring you up to speed. “Show Dogs” (listed as an adventure, comedy, and…

Summer Reading Guide

Every year, I get excited about summer.  Sure, it’s great to go on vacation, swim and eat lots of fresh strawberries, but what really gets me excited is summer reading. I love that libraries have summer reading programs that are for readers of all ages.  I pour over lists titled “Best Summer Books,” “Ultimate Summer…

The Village Garden

The FUMC Hurst Village Garden is full of new vegetables that will be tended and harvested to feed our neighbors at Mission Central.  Potatoes, onions, tomatoes, eggplant, carrots and peppers are currently growing. As gardeners, we always welcome groups who wish to partner with us. This past April, we were reminded that our future is…

Speaking Out

Do you ever find yourself mulling over or wrestling with a particular topic or question? I have been a part of a covenant group for about two months now.  Our covenant group meets on a weekly basis and it gives me the opportunity to have accountability to myself and to God.  It is helping me…

My First Rodeo

Recently, college friends of mine were vacationing near Fort Worth. We made plans to get together so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to finally go to a rodeo at the Stockyards. Throughout the night we saw barrel racing, bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping and team roping. We had a great time…

Faith in Action

While preparing for this summer’s upcoming mission trips, I have been reflecting a lot on my own mission trip experiences. My first mission trip was the summer after sixth grade and I still remember it quite vividly. This trip came at the end of a children’s leadership program at my church. We spent three years…

Buttercups and Weeds

If you have been on a highway anywhere in North Texas recently, you have likely noticed the pink and white flowers that my grandmother called “buttercups”.  During my years of working as a floral designer, I learned that these are actually Evening Primrose (Oenothera speciosus Rosea). They bloom April through June across much of the…

Reconnecting with Family & Friends

After ten long years I recently visited my native country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was fun to meet my younger brother’s friends. He would introduce me as “Pastor Joseph Kazadi from the United States,” then he would tell them that I was his big brother. The look of surprise and delight was instant,…

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar—it had been a long time since I had heard that music. So, I decided to watch it on TV on Easter night—at least until I got bored or disgusted. You see I had this feeling that it couldn’t be good. I love John Legend, love Sara Bareilles, had heard that other cast…