Let’s Taco ‘Bout It

For a while now, I’ve wondered what it would be like to have set hours out in the community on a regular basis. As part of our #WithOurNeighbors emphasis this summer, I decided to spend Thursday nights at Rosa’s Café. Every Thursday night this summer (except for VBS Open House and 4th of July), I…

Closer to God

How many times in my life have I been envious of those who get up an hour early each morning for devotional/scripture reading and prayer time? I imagine them in a comfy chair in a clean room with a cup of coffee or tea and a candle lit. These people always seem to have an…

Becoming a Fan of Our Neighbors

On June 7, the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup began. Since my son, Thomas, is a soccer player and has enjoyed watching some professional soccer this past year, I asked him if he wanted to watch with me. He said he wasn’t interested. I was surprised and asked him, “Why? Because they are women?” He…

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

The second commandment, from Mark 12:31, tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. In previous years, our church has hosted a Taste of Africa luncheon. One of my fondest memories was the sense of excitement that many members of FUMC Hurst experienced leading up to the event. There was a buzz about the upcoming…

Hot Dogs on the Brain

One of the dreams that floated to the top of the pile as the Missions Team and I spent time visioning was tailgating.  On the surface, it may be hard to see the value of tailgating, although with the food and fun involved, it’s not a hard sell. What is the value of tailgating? Relationships….

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…

CONNECTIVITY of Technology

A while back, several years maybe, I had a conversation with a person who was probably 50 something. I had heard that in years past, this individual had been very active in the church, here every time the doors were open. This person said, “I feel so disconnected now—we’re gone so much—parents have been sick,…

Too Deep for Words

There are times in life where I just don’t have the words to say; Times when my heart feels weighed down and burdened with the pain and brokenness of the world; Times when there are no answers, or at least no easy answers; Times where my heart is broken. In times such as these, I am…

Connecting with Communities, New & Old

About a month and a half ago, my wife and I packed up all of our possessions and moved from Northern California to Hurst, Texas. We left behind everything that we knew for a city that we had only been to once. We knew that moving so far away after recently getting married would be…