God Knows My Name

God Knows My Name

God recently rattled my soul. In late September at the New Room Conference in Nashville, I attended a pre-conference session on the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit. Our seminar leader, Jack Deere, offered a brief teaching and invited us to try our hand at healing....
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...