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Pastor’s Blog

Finding Our Way Forward

It is a decisive time in the history of The United Methodist Church. The church has been at odds for years over the issue of sexual orientation, the definition of “marriage” and how all of that applies to the ordination and appointment of clergy in our churches. There are faithful men and women on both…

The Fifth Gospel

In the Bible, we find four gospels (“good news”)… Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  It has been said that the Holy Land, the place where Jesus’ ministry actually happened, is a “fifth gospel.” Taking a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, visiting the Mount of the Beatitudes, and walking in the Garden of Gethsemane…

The Power of Words

A recent article in the New York Times shared that “a judge in Virginia handed down an unusual sentence after five teenagers defaced a historic black school house with swastikas and the words ‘white power’ and ‘black power.’ Instead of spending time in community service, Judge Avelina Jacob decided the youth should read a book. But…

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Over the years, we have all heard the famous words of wisdom like “actions speak louder than words”! The writer of the little New Testament letter entitled “1 John” said something related to that: “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” It seems that in every…

Living for Jesus

Our Jewish brothers and sisters have been much on my mind lately. As we celebrated our own Messianic Passover on Maundy Thursday, I thought about Jewish families celebrating Passover in their own gatherings as we too celebrated the freedom that God provided for the Hebrews as they escaped slavery in Egypt and the freedom that…