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Are you leaving the place better than you found it?
- April 21, 2017

I grew up in a church that had a very active youth group. We worked all year long to raise funds for our MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship) annual retreat. As soon as school was out, we left for a weeklong retreat. One year, 200 of us went to the Maine coast. Another ...


We all have a part to play as we restore a broken nation
- January 20, 2017

On this inauguration day of the 45th president of the United States, may we pause in prayer for President Donald Trump. The mantle of leadership has been placed upon him. Our success as a nation rests on his success as a leader. May God’s spirit be with him, giving him ...


2017...Bring. It. On.
- January 02, 2017

When the clock struck midnight last night, 525,600 minutes stood before you and 2018. Minutes that have yet to be unwrapped. Minutes that hold untold possibilities. Minutes that could reveal heartache or healing. 525,600 minutes. How will you use them?


For the Living of These Days
- November 14, 2016

Two of the most challenging days I have ever had in my more than 30 years of ministry have been 9-11 and 11-9. when so many came to me for pastoral care. On Wednesday, November 9, the first call came shortly after midnight. An African-American pastor called me in tears,...


Good Friday always leads to Easter

Good Friday always leads to Easter
- November 03, 2016

I was born on Good Friday and raised in a town called Babylon (on Long Island in New York). From my very first breath, the sacred stories of Scripture were woven into the fabric of my life.


Honor One Another

Honor One Another
- October 04, 2016

I have been thinking a great deal about the word “honor” these days, in part, because there seems to be precious little of it.


Our Journey Begins

Our Journey Begins
- August 31, 2016

Earlier this month, Robin and I drove from San Francisco to Denver. Friends watching our posts on Facebook often remarked: “Not exactly the direct route.” They were right. We intentionally drove a circuitous route to acquaint ourselves with the Mountain Sky Area. In ...


Mountain Sky Outlook: The Turning of the Seasons
- August 30, 2016

As I write, following the rhythm of the seasons, amber maple leaves drift through dark fir branches in a forest that is slipping from summer into autumn. Owls swoop silently above the forest floor, in an endless search for sustenance. Voles grub through the duff beneath...


Uncertain about the future, but continue to live faithfully

Uncertain about the future, but continue to live faithfully
- May 19, 2016

The second week of the General Conference has been long, confusing, and filled with uncertainty; and it is this uncertainty that I want to focus on today. As we progress through our work, there is a feeling of looming uncertainty of the future of the Church.


Unity versus uniformity at General Conference
- May 17, 2016

There is one word which seems to be uttered more than any other word at the 2016 General Conference gathering. That word is unity. Unity. Unity within the Council of Bishops. Unity within the UMC.


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