A New Preaching Path

As the sermon series on Acts came to a close this past Sunday, I turned my attention to what would come next. I had figured that I could easily return to the lectionary (which is a prescribed cluster of scriptures organized in a three year...

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Epistle to the Tulsans

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned how much I enjoyed Paul’s “salutations” found at the end of his letters in the New Testament, and how I thought that we might sometimes stifle the Spirit of gratitude when we want to give thanks and “name...

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Am I a Soldier of the Cross?

This past Sunday, I was one of the speakers at a church service focused on race relations at the Greater Progressive Baptist Church in North Tulsa.  The president of the Tulsa Ministerial Alliance, Rev. W.R. Casey, had asked me to share a story I...

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The Bellows

On Sunday, I realized it was my one year anniversary in the pulpit of University UMC. It has been a great year, and full of very rewarding experiences. I couldn’t have chosen a better appointment for myself, and hope we travel together for many...

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Formed by the Wind

                Though I’ve never been to Arches National Park, it is on my “bucket list,” (along with many other western national parks).  In the 1929 presidential charter of Arches, the proclamation states that the monument was established...

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Life and Honor

Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor. Proverbs 21:21     This Spring has been a difficult one of loss for my family.  This past week, Lara’s grandfather, Harvey Smith (whom she called “Papa,” passed away with...

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No Fruit on the Vine

My heart went out to Dr. Rebekah Miles, a professor at SMU who was a delegate from the Arkansas Conference to General Conference, (and who also happens to be a cohort of mine in that we were both “P.K.s” at Arkadelphia FUMC). On the last evening...

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The Dynamic Kiting Spiderling

How about a poem for a change? I wrote this a couple years ago as I sat watching a spider fly into the porch on its little web parachute. Wondering what this was called, I looked it up on Wikipedia and found that they are actually scientifically...

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Who is General Conference?

By the time you are reading this, General Conference (April 24-May 4) will have begun in Tampa, Florida (that is, unless you are reading the “early edition” published on the “pastor’s blog” on the church website, and then sent to the Facebook...

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Earth Sunday

Connecting the calling of faith-life to the development of an “Earth Ethic” has been a major theme in my own religious life, and thus for my leadership in the church as well. I’ve had many wonderful opportunities to learn from other people...

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The First Day of the Week

Since we Christians have thoroughly removed ourselves from the calendar and therefore the mindset of the Jewish roots of our faith, something about Easter may evade our notice. In fact, it has evaded my notice until right now as I sit in my...

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