What it Means to be Ordained as a Deacon

Deacons are called to be witnesses to God’s love and active presence in the World. We are called to participate in God’s work by being active in the World working for healing, justice and peace. However, we are also called to be witnesses to the Church regarding the needs of the world.

What A Breath of Solitude Has Taught Me

I often feel like I am on a hamster wheel of productivity and accomplishment. My body knows that. My heart, however, craves stopping and listening. In recognizing my time alone as precious and rare, I had doubled my expectations for myself. I didn’t want to waste a second, so I was reading as fast as I could and taking as many notes as I could. But when I paused and flipped back through the notes I had taken, they all seemed to be pointing in the same direction.

What Can We Do Next?

In late May of this year, the news broke of the death of George Floyd. What followed was a groundswell of emotional reactions from across the country and the world. At FUMC Hurst, one of our responses was to scrap our July plans and invite people in Sunday school classes and small groups to talk…

#ChalktheLove

A couple of months ago, some of us were at it again…brainstorming! We were hoping to come up with a socially-distanced intergenerational activity to connect people safely…and that’s how #ChalktheLove came to be.

When I Sing Along With You…

I’d been thinking about writing a blog about one of my favorite songs, Everlong by Foo Fighters, and I’d sort of forgotten about the idea until I opened up YouTube this morning

School Supplies & New Shoes

…last week we picked up our son’s school supplies. It was different this year with curbside pickup, but there is still something about new school supplies. And today we went and bought new school shoes.

Island of Joy

Comparing ourselves to others is not a new phenomenon, but it seems especially rampant as we navigate life during a pandemic. Some people are baking, others are cleaning, some are reading all the books, some are watching lots of TV. I hope that whatever it is that brings you JOY right now does not get spoiled by comparing it to what is working for others.

GOD’S GOODNESS IN NEW LAND

After 27 years of pastoral ministry, I had to leave my country. I fled persecution and sought protection in the United States. In the U.S, it was not my intent to work again as a pastor but God revealed that He had not yet released me from the call to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Shut Up and Listen

It pains me to say it, but I think in the past, I was fast sleep regarding racism. When another person of color would die and protests would break out, I’d wake up for a few groggy moments only to press “snooze” and go right back to sleep. Well, I can’t go back to sleep now.

Makers and Dreamers

I mean, I knew there were people who liked to craft or had hobbies, but I didn’t know about the ‘maker culture’. this maker culture is WAY beyond Pinterest and WAY beyond Etsy.