A Prayer We Should Not Pray?

A Prayer We Should Not Pray?

The idea snuck up on me. While casually pondering our vacation plans this past July, I realized everyone else in my family had to go back to work one week earlier than I did. It hit me, “Why not devote that time to a silent prayer retreat?” I have done this kind of...
It’s Something in Me

It’s Something in Me

I have a confession to make. I am busy. At first blush, that may not sound so bad, but over time, I’ve discovered the insidiousness of this sin. On the surface, busyness appears as a virtue. People say, “Look at the progress we’ve made and the people reached. All our...
The Day After

The Day After

The 2019 General Conference is over. Mercifully. To say yesterday was a tough day would be the understatement of the decade. I confess my mind and heart are still reeling from the events, debates and decisions of the day. Let me first give a quick recap of what was...
A Tipping Point

A Tipping Point

On the first day of General Conference, I bumped into someone from a former church. Surprised to see her, I asked what brought her here. She said, “For years I grew up in a church where all the decisions were made behind closed doors. Now that I’m United Methodist, I...
Striking at the Root

Striking at the Root

Last Friday while barreling down I-70 toward St. Louis, I caught a billboard out of the corner of my eye. Its giant letters read, “A house divided cannot stand.” Next to it loomed a picture of Abraham Lincoln. The quote was familiar on a couple of levels. After living...
Somethin’ is Gonna Happen

Somethin’ is Gonna Happen

One night in little league baseball, our son stood in the batter’s box with a full count, 3 balls and 2 strikes. As we waited breathlessly for the next pitch, his young friend standing next to us said, “Well, one thing’s for sure. SOMETHIN’ is gonna happen.” As the...
Praying Dangerously

Praying Dangerously

In a former church I met a woman in her early 50’s who appeared quite cautious. Joan was typically quiet, always conservatively dressed and polite to a fault. As she shared her story, I discovered she had been widowed in her late 30’s and had never remarried. In...
What Does God Want?

What Does God Want?

What does God really want from you? I understood this better after a crisis in our home. One day without warning, our toaster oven broke. It was just before our wedding anniversary, and in our entire married life, we had never bought a toaster oven. We received one as...
A Scandalous Wonder

A Scandalous Wonder

It’s not on anybody’s top ten list. In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find a service where it will be sung today. It just doesn’t fit the spirit of modern worship. It’s not celebrative or catchy. The tune sounds more like a dirge. But the words…the words express the...

An Unexpected Valentine

It was not the Valentine’s Day I was expecting. Leanne and I had already made plans to celebrate when the call came from my sister on February 13. Our Mother, my birth Mother, had taken a sudden turn for the worse. An ambulance had rushed her to the hospital that...