Counter-Cultural Worship

It’s this time of year when in this part of the country, you may feel like a bit of a weirdo. It was obvious to me yesterday when finding out we would start off my son’s baseball season by having scrimmage games with each of the other...

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Witness and Loyalty

I always hate it when I forget to mention something pertinent in my sermons, particularly when it is what in the world I mean by a particular sermon title. Fortunately, the newsletter gives me an opportunity to “tip it in.” (a little shout out to...

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Iron Sharpens Iron

Though none of you had the opportunity to meet my grandpa, I have received many condolences from you over the past week, and my family and I appreciate the outpouring of kindness. Though he had been living with a particularly difficult cancer...

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Plucked from the Fire.

Methodists and fire have a storied relationship. John Wesley started his life by being “plucked” from a house fire moments before the roof came crashing down when he was six years old. (pictured in The Rescue of John Wesley from the Epworth...

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Why a U2Charist.

By the time many of you will be reading this on Friday, I’ll be down in Little Rock preparing to lead worship in a unique format called the “U2charist.” A couple years ago, I developed a worship service that incorporated a lot of the music and...

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Scarcity or Abundance?

This past Sunday, I was moved by my dear wife, who may have surprised some of you (and certainly herself) by making a witness and a plea after the sermon.  She wanted the church to know that the committee that she co-chairs had a vision for...

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