Today, I need to name and celebrate the twelve faith communities who taught me all kinds of beautiful ways to love people and practice the way of Jesus. Hume UMC in Lima, Ohio
Trinity UMC in Lima, Ohio
Soldotna UMC in Soldotna, Alaska
St. John UMC in Anchorage, Alaska
Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida
Georgianna UMC in Merritt Island, Florida
First UMC Cocoa, Cocoa, Florida
United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio
Stillwater Church in Dayton, Ohio
Still more thoughts from Running on Empty. 🙂 What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. – A.W. Tozer Here’s the mind shift that has changed in me over the past two weeks… “I’m convinced that my need for constant activity is deeply rooted in terribly flawed images of God, images of my own making. The root cause of my busyness might be explained this way: My default nature is set to believe that God’s acceptance, love, and care for
I’ve been thinking lately about margins. The extra space in our lives. I’ve been to a couple conferences where the speaker has reflected on the importance of living in the margins. When I fill my life with everything I can think of (and usually all great endeavors), I get stressed, sick, worried and worn out. This could be too many school classes, spending too much time at work, scheduling too many activities, hanging out with too many groups and people, etc. I heard someone
My husband taught me something really important yesterday. We got to talking about our mountain top experiences with God. Many of our most memorable ones happened in high school or college. Summer camp, youth group retreats, mission trips, etc. It’s tempting to feel our relationship with God has changed in a negative way because our mountain top experiences haven’t been as dramatic. We’re still having great moments with God, they’re just different. And if we keep holding on t
My body is in pain. A lot of pain. But I rarely talk about it. Or think about it. I can’t. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia my senior year of high school. Long story short, I quit almost all the things I loved. Volleyball, drums, piano. But God used that time to call me into ordained ministry. So I’m deeply grateful for the life changes I went through at that time. I’ve been in and out of doctor’s offices, tried many medications, exercise and diets. Last week my doctor sugge
Something clicked this week. I’m dead tired of hiding in the church. I’m tired of hiding behind all my church activities so I don’t have to really connect with people of other backgrounds. I’m tired of analyzing, estimating, predicting, strategizing, etc.
I just want to love people. Where they are. Not where I am.
This trip out west has given me perspective and a passion I haven’t had for a long time. I’m actually not sure I’ve ever been this way before.
God is a God of
It can be a job hazard that we’re paid to talk about God. It can quickly become a job or something we do because we have to. We spend weeks getting ready for Easter and then the moment comes and… yeah. I am constantly learning how much work I need to put into my relationship with God. If I feel distant, unconnected, losing energy and passion, or feeling lost, there’s a reason. I stopped listening, learning and talking with God. The very maker of the entire universe wants to l
I can never be sure that my perspective is true in any larger sense. I declare what is true “for me.” But is it true for others as well? Anyone who thinks that Scripture speaks clearly and unequivocally simply has not read it carefully enough. It is full of obscurity and conflicting views. But many interpretations reveal the richness of Scripture. God is not an object we can define. Everything that humans can say about God comes through the process of God’s self-disclosure in
Truth on earth cannot be what it is in heaven. In heaven there it Truth; on earth there are truths. Absolute truth cannot exist for any human being. And so Truth is cast out of heaven and down to the earth. There Truth is shattered into pieces, fragments of it everywhere, so many that they are impossible to count… And human beings will search forever for truths within themselves and throughout the entire world. Life will be an ongoing act of creating, revealing, and discoveri
We have gathered together
because we’re people who have heard a rumor
that there’s life to be found on the other side of death.
We’re here because just the rumour is enough to bring a breath of hope
and just the hope is enough to bring a moment of life. We’re here because even though it is only a rumour, a breath, a moment,
it’s changed our death forever. Welcome to worship. _________________________________
You’d never end the story by turning us away
so why do we live a