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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A Pregnant Pause

Lent comes from an Old English word “Lencten” which means “Spring.” Spring is a time of new growth, a time of taking shape, of coming into bloom. It is a time of preparation. We observe Lent for 40 days for the most part because it was the early...

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Transfiguration Mountain

I wrote this a couple years ago as an exercise to “get inside the scripture.” Later I found out that this practice of “fleshing out the details” of a Biblical story was practiced by Jewish Rabbis in an art called...

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Wesleyan Quadrilateral

Throughout my life, I have thought of the Wesleyan quadrilateral (a methodology for theological reflection, including scripture, tradition, reason, and experience) as the legs of a chair. Each leg needs to be the same length in order for the...

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In Tune

On a lark, during third trimester of my Sophomore year at Hendrix College, I decided to sign up for “Christianity Since 1500” with a Dr. John Farthing. Even though I hadn’t taken “Christianity to 1500,” I thought I’d enjoy the subject matter. I...

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