We need to give women of faith the credit they deserve. Women are the ones holding our communities of faith together and I pray we listen to women as we follow God in the redemptive work needed in our nation. If we listen, God might be able to “…bring about miracles in the hearts of men.” Continue reading
The unexpected lesson is that Jesus and the Samaritan Woman had to cross boundaries to share the new life of God’s love, but beyond that the Samaritan woman had to have courage to work through the pain of her own life. She stepped through her fear and doubt about a world that had probably discarded her, and dared hope that God might still cross a boundary to help her become the first disciple of the good news. Continue reading
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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