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Sabbath

January brings a flurry of busyness and making me feel like I need to “start the year out right” and “finally clean up that mess of a garage” or other things that never have gotten done. I think of that undone job, and others spring to mind...

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Nature’s Evangelists

  It’s the time of year when all my Arkansas friends begin posting pictures of the beautiful foliage.  This one (pictured, right) is from my former    secretary in my first appointment in Waldron,  Arkansas. It certainly is gorgeous, and you...

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The Dynamic Kiting Spiderling

Pastor’s Perspective   In honor of our annual blessing of the animals, inspired by the ministry of Francis of Assisi, I’ll first share with you a poem I wrote around 7 years ago and first shared in a pastor’s perspective back in 2012:   I...

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Rich Church, Poor Church

I’m reading a book that Rev. Bill Moorer suggested to me to prepare for our stewardship season this fall. We’ll fill you in on more details about that campaign next month, but first I offer this review of the book written by a pastor whose church...

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Children and “Interruptions”

In the month of August, the attention of parents of school aged children (like myself) is turned to preparations for the school year. Since University UMC is situated where it is, this is typically one of the “high holy seasons” of our particular...

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My Growing Family

Dear friends, The month of July holds some big happy plans for me. Myranda and I will be getting married on Fort Walton Beach in Florida on the 7th. We are leaving at the first of the month to head down there with our kids. It will be a fun...

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Port, Not a Fort

I was looking back on some past Pastor’s Perspectives, and this one from 5 years ago seemed to speak to me again for this time of year. I hope it has fresh meaning for you too!   In my recent letter of transfer to notify Galloway United...

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Fellowship

In very Biblical fashion, I was reminded of the impending due date for this guest blog not by a calendar item dinging on my phone, but in a dream right before waking this morning. I was dreaming that my church was gathered together in a...

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Storm

While reading my March 1 issue of The Christian Century, I noticed a call for submissions to a writing contest for first-person narratives related to the theme of “storm.”  The experience of a particular storm in 2001 is a component...

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