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One of the Ugliest Arguments Ever

One of the Ugliest Arguments Ever

It’s one of the ugliest arguments I’ve ever been a part of. It’s also the first time I realized that to be successful in ministry and to be a person of integrity, I had to take a stand . . . A firm stand. AND – that stand had to be for what I ...
Are we Chameleons?

Are we Chameleons?

Chameleon-like qualities are great in chameleons, but not so much in people. And if we aren’t careful, being a chameleon has a cyclical effect.   First – let’s learn just a bit about chameleons. Some chameleon species are able to ...
Getting Off the Hamster Wheel

Getting Off the Hamster Wheel

It’s time to get out of the hamster wheel. For years, we’ve viewed the crucifixion as some “thing” God MADE Jesus do so that we might have eternal life in God. (This is called the sacrificial theory of atonement). On this Good Friday I’d ...
Not the Smartest Person in the Room

Not the Smartest Person in the Room

Holy Thursday is a time when we get one of the best glimpses of the true nature of Jesus. He shows us who he truly is, and also shows us how to live. Over the past several weeks of devotions we’ve talked a lot about the fact that in order to ...
It Gets Dark

It Gets Dark

“It gets dark. Then it gets very dark. Then Jesus shows up.” Those are the words of Bishop Willimon, theology professor at Duke University. Willimon was sharing how in a final exam question to “explain the gospels” this was one of the most ...
God Shouldn’t Be a Priority

God Shouldn’t Be a Priority

God shouldn't be a priority. In the Board of Ordained Ministry interviews, we were often asked about our self-care. Pastors, just like many other working people, have a tendency to work TOO much. To allow work to consume us, to become our ...
Deal in Reality

Deal in Reality

Deal in reality. Live in reality. When we find ourselves at difficult places in our lives, those are wise words uttered by counselors. Deal and live in reality. Not in what you "perceive" to be reality, because our feelings and emotions play ...
Lies are the safest place to run!

Lies are the safest place to run!

Lies are the safest place to run. "There's a scene in the movie "Something's Gotta Give" that simply and succinctly captures one reality about the truth. After catching the man she loves on a date with another woman, Diane Keaton is chased out ...
Good Cop vs Bad Cop

Good Cop vs Bad Cop

Good cop, bad cop bites. Have you ever been around a child who plays the whole "good cop/bad cop" game? Actually, it is something that isn't limited to children. Adults play that game as well, even though it is one marked by extreme ...
It Just Takes that LITTLE Bit!

It Just Takes that LITTLE Bit!

Sometimes we wonder why we keep reaching out to God but we don't hear or receive any response. We feel as if our prayers go unanswered. As if they fall into an abyss of darkness, a void, a black hole. Or - maybe even we feel like when we offer ...
Jesus Did Not Intend to Create An Institution

Jesus Did Not Intend to Create An Institution

Jesus did not come to build systems or new institutions. Just over a week ago I had the opportunity to visit a relatively "new" church (per United Methodist standards) and share with that church my doctorate thesis. Wesley Seminary requires ...
It Just Takes that LITTLE Bit!

It Just Takes that LITTLE Bit!

Sometimes we wonder why we keep reaching out to God but we don't hear or receive any response. We feel as if our prayers go unanswered. As if they fall into an abyss of darkness, a void, a black hole. Or - maybe even we feel like when we offer ...

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