I love this song because it highlights the Biblical truth that while God has promised that ALL THOSE WHO CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED…
Entrepreneur and Speaker Simon Sinek explains what he calls the Millennial Question. Essentially… “What do we do with these Kids?” So what does this have to do with us you ask? Ministry leaders have been essentially asking the exact same question that these business leaders have been asking. These days, we are struggling to understand why it is that Millennials have, for the most part, either abandoned the Faith or at the least, abandoned the Church. Of course what is convenient for us is to just blame them for being selfish… and we often do. But what is needed is for us to try and understand them, and meet them where they are.
We engender the kind of behavior that we approve, and we attract the kind of people that we present ourselves to be…
Corona Virus has kept us apart this Easter Season. So I recorded this Good Friday greeting for you all. I hope it blesses you.
First, let us acknowledge that these are challenging times. There is a pandemic happening in our midst, and it has probably not reached its peak yet. Although currently, its effect seems to be worse for those over 50 and those with compromised immune systems, we must all be conscientious of our choices because we have a responsibility to one another.
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about how we fit into the narrative of our times. What role do we play here? We are a small rural congregation in north Washington Township, What service of any real importance could we possibly offer the Kingdom of God? Especially considering how far gone American society is now….But there are reasons to be optimistic.
This month is our National Independence Day. For almost 250 years this grand experiment in individual liberty and the pursuit of personal happiness has been celebrated as Our American Story. It was here, in Pennsylvania, where our Founding Fathers placed pen to parchment, pledging their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the Dream of a better tomorrow. At that moment, they were of one accord, of one mind and passion moving with unabatable determination towards the goal of a more perfect union.
Big life changes are always a little scary, but without the Hope of the Gospel, they can be unbearably so. For many High School graduates, they are leaving behind the only stability they have ever really known. Looking to the future without any idea of what to expect. Of course, the promise of the Gospel is that…
As I attended the 2018 EMC General conference in April, I was reminded that as Christians we are members of God’s Household, a family with innumerable brothers and sisters. Some have gone to ahead of us in death, and some have yet even to know the beauty of a life lived fully in Christ, but all of us are one in the Holy Spirit. This is seen beautifully in the Connectional relationship of the Global Evangelical Methodist Church.
One of the great privileges of my position as a pastor is that it affords me the opportunity to sit with people and hear them tell their stories. Ironically, many times people don’t even realize that they have anything of great interest to share. I must tell you; they are usually very wrong about that.