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FAITH in our Covering           A friend sent me a picture he snapped while in downtown Nashville recently. Sadly, it captures the struggle going on for the heart and soul of much of the American Church—and especially important for us—the United Methodist Church. Decisions are being made this week that will […]

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. (I Timothy 4:1 NIV) While reading in I John this morning, the Holy Spirit began to emphatically speak concerning the deceiving spirits that characterize our time. Here from Tina’s Life Journal are the […]

Merry Christmas!  If you are like me, this time of year always brings a child-like excitement with it.  If you are like me, this time of year always comes too quickly and ends too soon.  And, if you are like me, this season can also bring up some childish, self-focused attitudes that reflect anything but […]

The Church in America and Europe is failing—and fast.  Over the past 100 years, 4,300 people have left the church daily in Europe and North America—and that rate is increasing rapidly.  Think of it—every day for over 100 years—over 36,500 days—4,300 people have left.  That adds up to well over 157 million fewer church members.  […]

Empty Nesters.  After almost 27 years of having children underfoot (or behind the wheel…), Tina and I are facing that great transition into an empty nest next month.  While we are crazy about our kids—and granddaughter—we are actually looking forward to this new season!  We are excited to watch our kids grow, blossom, and yes—even […]

As is hopefully obvious, Livingston First Church, which I pastor, has adopted new signage and a new logo, which simply says “First Church.” As with every decision made in the life of this church, many people were involved along the way as part of this four-month-long process, but as your Pastor, I am happy to […]

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 […]

It has been two months since my last blog, for which I am truly sorry.  All I can tell you is that it has been a very long and busy Summer–not traumatic or horrible–just extremely full and at times, even hectic. The video I spoke of in my previous blog was released in late July.  While it […]