A Note from Home

A Note From Home – July 2016

A NOTE FROM HOME Last week I came across a piece of history: words written back in 1855 by the great, black editor and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. They are harsh, convicting words guaranteed to put a damper on nearly anyone’s Fourth of July Celebration.  As harsh as...
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A Note From Home – June 2016

Evangelism. A word that strikes terror into the hearts of so many United Methodists. Bible-beating! Fire and brimstone! Pushy, obnoxious, impersonal, quota-system door-knocking that repulses more people than it redeems. I don’t know where Evangelism got such a bad press with us,...
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A Note From Home – May 2016

The point is this: I recently saw a slide presentation about the United Methodist Church in Africa. It is a church that has doubled and will double its size in just five years. It is a church that is in dire need of the most basic kinds of education. It is a church of tremendous...
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A Note from Home

A Note From Home – April 2016

Walking Into Resurrection It’s overcast. The wind bites through my fleece and woolen scarf. The damp sidewalks are strewn with broken limbs, their fingers reach out. I sidestep their brokenness. Trees threaten to break open their buds. Easter wreaths hug front doors, bang in the...
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A Note from Home

A NOTE FROM HOME

The month of March begins and ends with a whole lot of excitement! On the first Sunday of the month, March 6th, Lovely Lane will gather in a church conference for a congregational vote! (No, Donald Trump will not be on the ballet!) We will be voting on a proposal to raise...
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A Note from Home

A NOTE FROM HOME

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, a gentle Father and the God of all consolation, so that we can offer others, in their sorrows, the consolation that we have received who comforts us in all our sorrows, from God ourselves. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ...
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A Note from Home

A Note from Home – January 2016

Bill Cotton is a retired pastor in our conference and still a wonderful preacher. His Epiphany message was so good that I have to share it with you: Kings do not like to be told that their replacement has arrived. Herod assembles the priests and holy men to discern the meaning....
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Gift of Christmas

A Note from Home – December 2015

I love these words from Isaiah. They have hung in my office for better than 30 years! They convey so beautifully the prophet’s hope, God’s plan, and our joy at Christmastide. But this year the phrase “Prince of Peace” brings a twinge of sorrow too, for we are at war—a war that...
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A Note from Home

A Note from Home – November 2015

“Doing Small Things with Great Love” – that is the motto of one of my Colleagues in Ministry and a good friend. Although we’d rather be doing “the big stuff,” small things done with great love and an even greater God do not remain small for very long. In Elmer Bendiner’s...
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A Note from Home

A Note From Home – April

“I am the way, and the truth, and the Life.” ~ John 14:6a I love labyrinths! Labyrinths are powerful ancient symbols of our journey through life. Labyrinths have been part of almost every culture and religious tradition in history. A labyrinth is not a maze with dead ends and...
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