Living a song of Peace

The shift manager and a few fast-food workers strung lights and corporate themed ribbons on the Christmas tree. Once at my table, I noticed the cheerful soundtrack chirping “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” Was it?  Part of me always wants to push back on Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving and definitely before Halloween, […]

Club Q vigil at 1 Public Square

After reminding the church folks in Corinth that our sermons, rules, and knowledge are partial, incomplete, and as clear as a foggy mirror, Paul points us to the enduring, eternal, unchanging, everlasting, victorious values. Now faith, hope, and love remain—these three things—and the greatest of these is love. 1Cor.13:13 The Apostle Paul asks us in […]

5 tools to make sense of the Bible

With the invention of the telescope, Galileo’s math began to reshape the long held church-state understanding that the earth was the center of the universe. Instead of embracing the unfolding scientific truth, the church clung to a literal interpretation of scripture, citing passages like Psalm 104:5 “God set the earth on its foundations; so that […]

God is in your corner!

A few months after my dad died, my brother John and I sat by the fire pit telling tales when John mused, “You know, I was thinking that one of those people who would bail you out of jail is now gone. There are not too many of those!.”  John’s words stirred my grief, so […]

A Love Letter to The People Called Methodist

Thirty years ago, I could not imagine I would fall in love with the United Methodist Church. The first time I visited Centenary UMC in Lexington, KY, I lined up a second “more theologically acceptable” church for us to visit later that morning. Connie, my spouse, had to employ some strategic guilt to get me […]