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…

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…

Ordinary Time

Christmas is over. Lent doesn’t start for a few more weeks. We are in part of the church calendar that is called “Ordinary Time.” Ordinary Time occurs twice in the liturgical calendar–after Christmastide ends at Epiphany and after Eastertide ends at Pentecost. We tend to focus on the special times like Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter…

Thoughts and Prayers

Another week. Another tragedy. That has been the refrain many of us have been repeating for a while now. Another week. Another tragedy. Another day. Another news story that we just don’t want to see. And yet, the news does not stop for us. Life does not stop. As Aaron Burr sings in the musical…

Stronger Together

“What Iconic Movie Heroine Are You Based on Your Myers-Briggs Type?”  Those words came across my Facebook feed this week, and I instantly clicked on the link.  I needed to know.  Which heroine am I?  I was really hoping that the answer was going to be someone exciting like Princess Leia.  But, according to this…