BAPTIZED FOR LOVE

Last week we talked about that in baptism, especially when the baptism of an infant or young child, the emphasis is on God’s initiative. It is a sign that God loves unconditionally and eternally. Before we can do anything to earn God’s love, God love us. No matter how our life unfolds, God loves us.…

BAPTIZED INTO LOVE

As I said in my introductory comments this morning, we are launching a four week worship series focusing on the sacraments of the UMC. For the next two weeks, we will be considering the meaning of baptism and then the next two weeks, we will look at the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion. Today, we…

COUNT THE COST

In 2016, I attended the General Conference of the United Methodist Church held in Portland, OR. I had never been to Oregon before and was looking forward to exploring a new area with friends as well as attending what was to be a monumental and pivotal event in the life of the UMC. During that…

DO THE RIGHT THING

The day before Father’s Day I was having a conversation with several friends, and naturally, our thoughts turned to our Dads. All of our Dads have died, and we were reflecting on the lessons we had learned from them. We were fascinated that all of us had received the same core message from our Dads:…

TRUE WORSHIP

This passage, Isaiah 1:10-20, is a particularly difficult one to hear, especially for those who spend much of our waking hours thinking about and crafting worship that is moving, inspirational, and transformational. Or at least that is the hope. This text is a stinging indictment of worship that makes us feel good and lulls us…

CHOOSING THE BETTER PART

Anybody who knows me and has worked with me, knows that I tend to be much more of a Martha person than a Mary person. I am a very task oriented person. I always have a to-do list, often more than one.  I find it hard to sit still when there is work to be…