The Puzzle of Life

I have a 1,000 piece puzzle spread out on my dining room table right now.  The picture on the box made it look simple enough.  It is just a picture of Mickey Mouse and his trusty sidekick, Pluto.  It is one of the puzzles that I picked up at Disney World when we were...

Small Town America, Small Town Rumors

This is truly one of those times that I don’t really have anything to say.  Or maybe it is that I don’t really have any topic that is really in my mind today.  So let me start here.  Small town America also means small town rumors.  I have had a number of...

Masks

As I write this I am listening to the webcast from the Festival of Homiletics, a continuing education opportunity for preachers.  The particular webcast on at this time is a sermon by Otis Moss III, the pastor of Trinity Church of Christ in Chicago.  One of the things...

My Kids, God’s Kids

I have been thinking about my kids, who are both young adults now, a lot lately.  That is probably not all that surprising since we just celebrated Mother’s Day.  Yet this goes beyond just receiving the customary gifts and platitudes the day brings.  Family is...

God So Loves

I have heard over and over again that the Bible is just a book of old words that have no relevance for today.  That is partially correct.  It is a book of old words.  Very old words.  Ancient words in fact.  The rest of that opening statement, I believe, is...

Saying Goodbye

Since United Methodist pastors move every five years on the average, one thing most of us become good at is saying goodbye.  However, it is usually us saying that as we prepare to move on to our next appointment at a different church.  Occasionally, though, we have to...