Posts from 2017

Why I Don’t Watch Game of Thrones and Why I’m not Judging You If You Do

Game of Thrones is currently “the show” to watch.  It seems as if everyone is talking about it.  Hearing so much about it, Susan and I began to watch the first episode.  We didn’t get far.  It fell into my definition of pornography.  I don’t desire to see any breasts but my wife’s.  I hear there is less pornography later in the series, but less pornography for me doesn’t make it more acceptable.  I can say very clearly that the…

Chills Across My Spine

Excellent thoughts by Kevin Thompson. Amidst all the political theater that is going on, this is the most dangerous to people of all religions. This should send chills across the spine of people of all faiths. Does Bernie Sanders Hate the Constitution (or Just Christians)?

The Word and the Spirit

Andrew Thompson has written a great article on the relationship between the Holy Spirit and Scripture.  Many people claim to be following the Spirit, but what does that mean? Jeff The Word and The Spirit Andrew Thompson Many of the more contentious arguments in the church today are over social issues. That has certainly been the case for the United Methodist Church — the church I call home. Nowhere have the UMC’s internal debates over such issues been on clearer…

The Art of Dying

In earlier times, followers of Christ were greatly concerned with dying well.  Death was thought of as an opportunity to witness to our belief that “death has been swallowed up in victory.”  In our modern world, death is relegated to hospital rooms and nursing homes where people often go to die in private to “spare” their loved ones.  As someone who spends time with families before death and after death, there is a great need for us to resurrect the…

A Call to Christian Unity

This is a classic sermon from John Wesley.  The issues are different today, but the thought process is similar.  The best part is the last third of the sermon so don’t give up. A Catholic Spirit “And when he left there, [Jehu] met Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him, and he greeted him, and said to him, “Is your heart right, as my heart is with your heart?”* And Jehonadab answered: “It is.” [Jehu said], “If it…

Before you post…

Christians are called to flavor every environment that we enter.  This includes the social media world.  A great clarifying question to ask before you post anything on social media is simply this:  “Does this post make me feel better or does it create better?”.  When we post to make ourselves feel better, we join the world in exalting self.  When we post to create better, we join with Christ in ushering in a new creation.