Scripture

Why I Am a Methodist

Pizza Methodist So, earlier this week, on Monday evening, I was watching TV at home with the family after dinner. Steph had gone for her walk, and I was going to take mine in a few minutes, when she turns to me and says “I want pizza,” To which I…
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Jonah 4: Judge and Jury

“It’s not fair!” So many times in my childhood, I uttered those words to my parents And every once in a while, I hear it as a parent myself. I would imagine that if you’re a parent, you might have heard those words at some point in your own life,…
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Jonah 3- Jonah Gets a Second Chance

  Introduction:   Our opening video comes from the VeggieTales movie “Jonah,” which is basically a kid’s version of the Jonah story. It’s a fun video, and really speaks to the heart of what comes in Chapter 3. Last week, in Chapter 2, we heard Jonah’s prayer while he was…
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Jonah 2- Jonah’s Prayer

Introduction: Over the past several weeks, I’ve been reading C.S. Lewis’s “Letters to Malcolm,” which is framed as a correspondence between Lewis and his fictional friend Malcolm, and the main topic of their letters is on prayer. It’s not so much as a “how to” guide, as much as it…
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Jonah 1: Running From God

So, a few years ago, in the midst of my time in Alexandria, I had a season of what I’d call “discontent.” I was in the middle of seminary, and just wanted it to be over. And I was in the middle of my time at my appointment in Alexandria,…
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Jubilee & The Scandal of Grace

Debt Perhaps one of the biggest things that has happened over the past ten years or so is how it seems like the prices of everything has gone up exponentially. Food prices. Gas prices. Even college tuition prices. I remember working in the telecounseling office at Greenville College with Steph,…
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Union Precedes Kenosis

  Good morning, church. Last week, we talked about how we should, for the time being stop asking others to come to our church on Sunday mornings. I think some of us were a bit caught off guard by that. It sounds weird, doesn’t it? It has a certain shock value to it,…
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Make the Words Your Own- Using the Psalms as a Tool for Prayer

  Good morning, Church. Last week, we looked at using the Apostles Creed as a form of prayer. We sought to confess before God who we believe He is, and to affirm what the universal Church has held to be the truth for centuries. This morning, I’d like to take…
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Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Oswald Chambers, the author of the famous devotional book My Utmost For His Highest once said that: “Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work.” We were reminded of that at Annual Conference a few weeks ago. Some of us here today might have even…
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Means of Grace- “Searching the Scriptures”

  I lost my sunglasses this week. I would say it’s not a big deal, because in the grand scheme of what else is going on in the world right now (Nepal earthquake, Baltimore protests, etc.) it’s really not, but it still bothers me. I don’t usually lose things. Keys,…
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