Thoughts While Roaming

You have probably noticed over the last few years that each Sunday we have one of our clergy “roaming” during the morning instead of participating in the leadership of worship. Whenever this is my responsibility for the morning I often hear, “Oh! You are off this morning!” If this has been you, I know you…

Holy Chaos

Last month, our family spent a week at Disney World. We’ve been before, and it is a wonderful vacation for us. All five of us looked forward to different rides, foods and experiences. One of my favorite parts of a trip to Disney, or really to anywhere, is the planning. I love to look at…

Strangers

When was the last time you struck up a conversation with a stranger? Growing up, I was often embarrassed by my mother who seemed to never have met a stranger. She would strike up conversations with people in line at grocery stores, talk to families sitting behind us at Rangers games and treat salespeople like…

The Power of Vulnerability

Part of my role for the Junior High Mission Trip included leading the nightly devotions for the students. One of my nightly talks surprised me as I had five or six people approach me afterward telling me how much they enjoyed it and how much it meant to them. I spent a lot of time…

The Fireworks of Life

There are certain things in life that I continually struggle to describe in full. They are either so big, so complex or so full of emotion that words and pictures just don’t seem to describe them. So instead of trying to really describe those things, I compare them to fireworks. Before I really dive into…

Independence Day – July 4, 2018

If you are anything like I am, this day brings to mind so many great memories. I must admit though, when I think of July 4th, I usually groan at the prospect of the inevitable extreme hot temperatures associated with Independence Day in Texas. Anyone who knows me well knows that I do not like…

Rely on God in any Situation/S’appuyez sur Dieu en toute Situation

God wants us to rely on Him through our hardships. Whether we lose our job, are persecuted or experience various hard knocks in life, our God loves us and stands with us in every trying situation as he did with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. According to Daniel 3:8-30, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, captive in Babylon,…

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…