The Power to Comprehend

Each week I go through the delightful process of discerning which artwork I’d like to feature on the front of the bulletin to best illuminate the scripture or sermon focus.  Today, it occurred to me that you might like to hear a little more...

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Baseball Diamonds are Forever

This past week, our Men’s book club discussed a book we had been reading called Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, by David Eagleman. The book is written by a neuroscientist, and includes imaginative vignettes supposing an afterlife in various...

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Faith and Tragedy

This past Sunday evening, I learned that the man who was killed by a stray bullet in the Best Buy on Skelly drive was a former constituent of the church. Many of you know or remember Wesley Brown, who attended church here a few years ago with his...

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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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