“I Got Your Back,” – God

“I Got Your Back,” – God

So friends,
Do not be conformed by the fear of this world,
Do not be conformed by those who build walls instead of bridges.
God is saying, “I got your back,”
God is with us,
and we have got to have each other’s and most of all our neighbors backs.

Be there for your neighbor this week, reach out and do what you can to support your distant neighbor this week, and remember God’s love will never leave your side. Continue reading

Home – Part 1

Home – Part 1

Only if we listen can we truly serve the world.

We are called as people of Christ to first be by listening to the truth that we are children of God and to listen for our God’s still small voice. God will provide us the space to be ourselves, to be vulnerable, to be human, to make mistakes, to have success, and to learn how to live life to the fullest together. Continue reading

Away

Away

The story goes that suddenly God’s Holy Spirt filled the room. Mind you this was after the election, that was totally a human process. The Holy Spirit fell upon each of their heads and they began to speak languages of all the nations. Then they went out and shared this Good News of God’s Prevailing Love with all people and I promise you they put no stipulations on who those people were. Whenever they did put stipulations on love they were stifled by the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

Debating the Rules

Debating the Rules

have heard people state that tonight is a sign of bad things to come at General Conference. Tonight was bad because if rules take this long then the rest will not happen. I think tonight was a good thing. We were just figuring out the rules tonight, we need to know what might be possible. There is a lot of growing up we need to do as the church that is learning the new needs of our global community. The good news is we have a God who loves us and will let us know things will be ok, and will calmly be with us as we figure it out. Continue reading

Change Is Here

Change Is Here

Change is in the air, it may not come how we expect at this General Conference, but it is coming because of the faithfulness, and the Christ filled hearts of the people who risk greatly to overcome those who would conspire against them. May we conspire not with this world, but with the God who loves us to see change come. Continue reading

Hopes for GC2016 and Why in the world I chose to represent my conference now?

What is your hope for General Conference?

As an emerging global church I pray General Conference can begin the process of seeing unity among diversity. We do incredible things together as a global church ranging from UMCOR, to Global Young People’s Convocation, to the Advance, to Imagine No Malaria, and more. Our challenge as a global church is that we need to reflect that in how we operate administratively. For too long the church has been dominated by the the church in the United States in how decisions are made. My hope at GC 2016 is that we can see the transition begin to being a global church united in making disciples to transform the world and capable of regionally making decisions about how best accomplish this in our context. Continue reading

Hidden Gifts

Hidden Gifts

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called us to courage, compassion and creativity to overcome the oppression and division that existed among us. Joining voices helps and continues to help us to do that. King’s vision of a stronger America is still not come to pass. This past year of violence, riots, and stories about the aversive discrimination that exists in our country continues to show us that the nightmare is not over, that Jesus’ vision of a beloved community has not come to pass. And I can assure you that many of us don’t know what to do to help continue the dream. Continue reading

Roots

Roots

The branch people expected for the coming of the messiah in the 1st century was a “big stick,” a big branch that could be used to conquer all. Instead what arrived was an olive branch bearing fruit of a promise that we all could live life, and live abundantly. Continue reading

Consuming Jesus

Consuming Jesus

Rituals like communion are meant to help us feel transformed by the love of God, but these images can be treacherous if we do not give ourselves and others space to comprehend their own meaning for this ritual. Magritte’s Pipe was a great example to us of how something we see as a functional thing, can feel and look like a treacherous example of the untrue. Things can look like vampires and cannibals instead of connection and love. This is why we cannot pretend there is some secret knowledge to understanding communion, but instead need to create safe communities for questions about the ritual and allow people to develop their own understanding of what it means. John is very much the surrealist gospel because of all the layers of meaning contained within. Continue reading

Are you here yet?

Are you here yet?

In the case of race our call is to not be defensive, but instead to be like God. To be like God and Christ we have to risk being vulnerable with one another. Being vulnerable like the Christ child who was born and the Jesus we know who walked among us. God through Christmas dared to meet people where they were. There is plenty of change that needs to happen and it requires us patiently seeing moments to share hope in the small moments of life. Sgt. Barnum and Devonte both chose a moment to do this. There will be moments in all of our lives to take part in simple acts like this. To share hope with each other we have to risk the encounter with each other. Continue reading