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December 13, 2018

I want to share an Advent poem with you.  This is from Ann Weems. I have shared her poetry for as many years as I have owned this book titled, “Kneeling in Bethlehem.”  

With this posting the blog will be taking another form in 2019. May this message bring you ligh...

December 8, 2018

I have pastored for thirty years.  You might say in that time I’ve seen it all!

I have spent mountaintop moments that have brought hope and optimism.  I have experienced valley times that are despairing and cause me to wish I had gone to barber school for a career.  We...

November 20, 2018

I like things neat and in their place.  You will rarely find my office messy. My desktop will have piles on it but not chaos of papers tumbling over.  When I leave for the day, the surfaces of my office will be neat and clean.

I like things like that. My house too....

November 2, 2018

Dear Friends:

No doubt you have heard the phrase, “Keep Calm and Carry On.”  It comes from the British during World War II. The Ministry of Information wanted to help boost the morale of the British people during a very difficult era. The phrase has caught on in all kin...

October 8, 2018

When I was in the fourth grade my teacher (my favorite teacher ever!), Mrs. Ryan, helped us learn about many countries around the world.  One of the destinations we studied was Switzerland. My class put on a Swiss Festival for other students and our parents. I made a h...

August 25, 2018

At Mason UMC we talk about that as God’s mission.  We believe that God is on mission to renew people’s lives and the world.  Psalm 104 refers to the scope of God’s work as “the face of the earth.”

We have made attempts to help us all live on that mission with God....

July 9, 2018

Dear Church,

During this time of July when we celebrate Independence Day I will be praying for our country.  I know many of you are joining me. This is a time like none I have experienced before. My natural response is to be fearful.

I have heard from a good friend who i...

May 21, 2018

Here I am on the evening of a day that has given rise to the twenty-second school shooting this year.  I have watched again as students are killed, wounded, and traumatized.  This is reported as if this was normal.  And in some way, it kind of has become normal.  I can...

May 14, 2018

I'm back!

I've said it before but it bears repeating, "Thank you for all of your support and prayers."   

I have been so blessed by your well wishes as I have re-entered the everyday world of leading Mason United Methodist Church.  I am blessed by you. The leadershi...

January 29, 2018

Last Saturday my wife Shelly and I went bowling.  I don't know if we have ever done that just the two of us before.  Shelly is the bowler.  She used to be in leagues.  I am not so much a fan, but I do enjoy it occasionally.

We had a great time.  I really...

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