Category Archives: Discipleship

Seek Jesus, Not Experiences

There is a scene in the Gospel of John that has me reeling this week. In John 11, Jesus raises his friend Lazarus from the dead. John tells us that many people put their faith in Jesus because of this … Continue reading

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Not Safe, But Good

The Chronicles of Narnia had played a significant role in my life. I’ve read them several times, along with many other of the writings of C.S. Lewis. Narnia was a world created by Lewis to tell the story of Jesus to … Continue reading

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Answering the Call

This past Sunday, in my first message at my new appointment, I preached on Genesis 12 which is the account of God calling Abram to leave his country, his kin, and his father’s house to go to the land that … Continue reading

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You Are What You Eat (Spiritually, too!)

As I get older, I am trying to eat better and live a more healthy life. This means I can no longer consume Mountain Dew like it was oxygen or eat pizza three times a day. I’ve been cutting my … Continue reading

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New Series: Pray Like Jesus

The Lord’s Prayer is a beloved part of the Christian life. I can remember growing up in the Presbyterian Church in the small town of Hadley, PA reciting The Lord’s Prayer each Sunday. As child, when I memorized The Lord’s … Continue reading

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Discipleship and the Family Meal

Yesterday, I shared some thoughts from Eugene Peterson in Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places about the importance of the dinner table in living out the Eucharist in our everyday lives (Read it here). Today, I want to explore the … Continue reading

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The Future of The United Methodist Church: Real Discipleship

This spring, delegates from The United Methodist Church will gather in Tampa, Florida for General Conference, which is held every four years. It is a time of conferencing and legislation which will affect the people of the denomination for years … Continue reading

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Sunday Follow-Up: Jesus and the Blind Man (John 9)

Sunday’s message focused on Jesus’ encounter with the blind man in John 9.  This man was blind from birth.  Blindness is the inability to perceive light.  While this man was unable to perceive physical light, he clearly “saw” Jesus, who … Continue reading

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Lifeway Survey Paints a Grim Picture

USA Today ran an article in their religion section on Tuesday which was based on a survey recently done by Lifeway Christian Resources. (You can read the article here) The survey focused on the Millenial Generation and their feelings and … Continue reading

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A Radical Minimum Standard

I’ve been guilty from time to time of trying to figure out what is the least I can do and get by.  In college, sometimes it was what is the least amount of reading I can do and still get … Continue reading

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