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…

Stretching and Growing

Each year as the fifth graders enter their spring semester, we sense restlessness in Sunday school. It’s a restlessness of wanting independence and yet still needing supervision and guidance. It’s a feeling that something big and exciting is headed their way, with a bit of anxiety about change. The fifth graders know about (and have…

The Journey to Easter

“When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.”—Luke 9:51 I’m trying to imagine what Jesus might have been thinking as he “set his face” to go to Jerusalem. There’s never been a time in my life when I had to set my face to…

Music Speaks

It’s been said that Methodism was “born in song.”  I can believe it.  Charles Wesley, one of our founders, wrote more than 6,000 hymns. He and John Wesley understood the power of music to reach people’s hearts and minds. There are messages that music can convey in ways that prose or even poetry cannot. I’ve…

It Was Solved by Walking

I went for a walk yesterday. I will admit the main purpose was to get in more steps. Several of the church staff members are on a team, competing with people from across the United States, for the most number of steps over the period of time set for the challenge. While we are all…

Baby Steps

ba·by step noun plural noun: baby steps a tentative act or measure that is the first stage in a long or challenging process.a very small step or advance in progress Over the last three months of being a new parent, one of the things I have noticed is how excited I get over the small…

Renovation

Have you noticed? There is a new play structure called a Gaga ball pit in the church playground. This project was simultaneously one of the most exciting and exhausting things that I have been involved in since arriving at FUMC Hurst. It took five adults, eight students and nine hours to build on a day…