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So the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, as a hut in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. Unless the Lord of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been made like Gomorrah (Isaiah 1:8-9 NKJV) Remnant […]

We had an incredibly interesting, heartfelt, and soul-searching conversation this week at staff meeting that I thought I would share with you… This is certain: God has led this congregation to seek the deeper things of the faith—to be a high-exposure, high-expectation congregation in keeping with both the Biblical church model and the early Methodist […]

The Spiritual Building Comes First! In my last several blogs, I have tried to openly share with everyone interested that: 1)      We are (of course!) a United Methodist congregation—one that by God’s grace is significantly like the vibrant Methodist Churches of a century or two ago—and thus powerfully relevant for today’s desperately devolving culture. 2)      […]

Our Life Journal readings on the 9th included the first two chapters of Nehemiah.  In them, Nehemiah cried out to God in a beautiful prayer, asking for God’s favor with King Artaxerxes concerning the enormous ministry God had put on Nehemiah’s heart.  The work involved the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls.  Nehemiah was the King’s cupbearer—seemingly […]

Q: Are We Leaving the United Methodist Church? To answer the question in a word, NO! It has been both amusing and dismaying to hear the chatter since we chose to change our logo as part of our Website redesign this spring.  After all these months, I have yet to hear a reasoned argument as […]

For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. (Romans 6:14) ESV. Under Grace.  As Christians we celebrate that we are no longer under the law but under grace.  As Christians we celebrate that grace is far more than “unmerited favor;” grace is the power of God […]

There must be something in the air.  This was a comment made at a lunch meeting I recently attended, and was in reference to all the conflict that seems to be swirling in town.  The School Board, evidently, is about to go to war with itself…  The town Alderman are about to get (another) earful […]

I recently received a Facebook message from a couple of special Christian parents in another state.  Their son had found Conquering the Game of Control on a book cart…at the local jail.  While his incarceration was short and for a non-violent crime, he was still obviously in a place of need–and his parents were in […]

I just finished reading about renewal in the United Methodist Church found in the December issue of Charisma Magazine – an article written by me.  The publishing of “A Fresh Method” is another example of the remarkable ways the Lord is blessing us.  (In case you are unfamiliar with Charisma, it is the leading magazine […]

I am living in the wonderfully strange intersection of “I always knew it would happen!” and “I can’t believe it has finally happened!” For twelve years I have been guided by a faith that propelled me to preach about, research deeply, pray over intensely, earn a Doctorate around, and write and rewrite (and write and […]