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Holy Week

This week is the most special week of the entire Christian year! It is the reason we are Christians. It is the reason we have a church. This is it: Jesus is risen from the dead! We will walk through the valley of the shadow this week, re-telling the story of the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and the darkness of Saturday. We…

The Body of Christ

This week, I am in Kirkland, Washington. I’ve had the opportunity to listen to two of my favorite pastors, Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel. I don’t know them personally, nor do they know me, but I do know them from their writings, websites and videos. I learned a great deal today about leadership. I learned what makes great leaders, what hinders leaders,…

God is good…all the time!

We have much to celebrate this week! Several folks from Journey attended Leadership Training last Saturday. Journey’s website was lifted up as an example of excellence in one of the workshops. Kudos to Jen Salta for making our website shine. Thank you to Marvin Brown, Khyle Burnham, Carol Steinke, Joy Bentley and Phyllis Conlon for attending sessions. Tonight, we will join together…

Call, Covenant and Community

This week, I had the privilege of spending time with colleagues at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Marana, which is north of Tucson. We focused on call, covenant and community. My call is to be a minister. My first covenant is my relationship with God. My secondary covenant is to be in service to the United Methodist Church (UMC), appointed by the…

Forgiveness

Thirty years ago this week, the Space Challenger exploded a mere 73 seconds after lift-off. It had launched and landed nine times prior to its tenth and fatal mission. Among the crew, was the first Teacher-in-Space payload specialist Sharon Christa McAuliffe. The mission’s launch was delayed for six days due to weather and technical problems. January 28th was an unusually cold day…

Potluck this Sunday

This weekend, we will engage in a popular United Methodist tradition: a potluck! Bring a dish to share — we will provide the utensils, drinks and paper goods. We will work on ensuring that the football game is being streamed, if only on a small screen, and we will enjoy some time together. Kim Parrot of the United Methodist Foundation will be…

Epiph-a-what?

This week, Epiphany is recognized by Christians all over the world.  It is a day marking the arrival of the Magi at the manger in Bethlehem, Jesus’ baptism by John, and often, the miracle of the wedding at Cana when Jesus turned water into wine. Epiphany is the church’s means of recognizing God as taking human form – as Jesus.  For some,…

New Year

This week, a new year will begin. At the time of this writing, it is the last day of 2015. I read somewhere that we are in book 2015; it is page 364 of 365 – this book is almost over. Some of you may celebrate tonight in high style. Others of you may celebrate quietly at home. Still others may not…

Christmas

Dear Journey Family and Friends, This week is Christmas. It is about a baby, new parents, shepherds, angels and Magi. It is about promise and light and gifts. I’ve been giving a good deal of thought to gifts. Last week, we had the opportunity to create 50 bags for the homeless. We called them blessing bags. We took time for this project…