Spiritual Formation

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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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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On the Apostles Creed

  This summer, we have been looking at many different aspects, or parts, of prayer.  We’ve looked at the Old Testament, the New Testament, written prayers, praying for ourselves, praying for others, for our community, for our world, and a history of prayer. But, there’s one aspect of prayer that we…
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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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Post-Easter Prayer- “Now What?”

Well, yet another Easter season has come and gone. It was a busy time for clergy members, especially with Holy Week services, as well as Easter Sunday services. For those who are regular church goers, we have experienced once again the stories of Jesus’s ministry, passion, death, and resurrection, as…
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Character building, Wesley, and Grace

  These past few weeks have been ridiculously busy for me, which is why I haven’t been online very much. Or posted anything new for almost two weeks. This past week specifically was quite an adventure for my wife and I, because this semester, I opted to take an independent…
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Bad Days & Bedtime Stories

Like any parent, I read my kids stories at bedtime. Depending on the night, and how late it is, sometimes we even read two. Lately, I’ve been reading the children’s classic- turned movie “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” at bedtime. I remember reading it as…
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Doing More by Doing Less

Okay, I’ve got a confession to make. This isn’t the post I wanted to write this week. I had originally planned on writing a post on the topic of grace. Being that I’m a Methodist pastor, it seems fitting (and yes, it does have something to do with the title…
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