Ash Wednesday Homily, 2015

The Apostle Paul confesses in Romans 7:18, “I can will what is right, but I cannot do it.” Saint Paul apparently struggled with New Years resolutions like the rest of us! Yet, one of the points of deepest confusion, even among Christians long active in the church and generally familiar with the church’s teachings, has […]

Election Day – Leading or Reflecting?

Off and on today, on this Election Day, I’ve been thinking about a chicken and egg question: do United Methodists lead or reflect?  Do we lead, or do we merely reflect the larger culture’s problems?  This is an impossible question to answer, but it is a desperately important one and, whether we can or not, […]

From One Heart to Another

In 2 Corinthians, Paul is put in the position of defending his ministry.  “Are we beginning to commend ourselves?” he asks the Corinthians.  “You are our letters [of commendation],” he reminds them.  Paul’s “defense” of the authenticity of his work is the strong, open, vulnerable witness he has lived amont these people.  “We have renounced […]

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