Surgery, Serendipity, And A Very Small World

In the summer of 1983, just before my senior year in college, I taught tennis at a place called Camp Of The Woods in Speculator, New York.Two of us were hired for the tennis program that summer; my partner was a Hong Kong-born, pre-med student and varsity...

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Methodist Experiment

During each session of our First Step Membership Exploration class, I conduct an experiment.And while the people in the class change, the results of the experiment never do.Here it is.  At the beginning of our third evening together, I ask the group,...

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Lowlife Launch Recap

John Pavlovitz started our Lowlife series with a strong message from John 13.John excels at both wordsmithing and delivery.  Here are some of the highlights from yesterday's message:Serving doesn't lead to a reward.  Serving IS the reward.[Reminding our...

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Lowlife Week One — “I’ll Take The LOW Road”

Humility: You won't get awards for it. You won't receive promotions for it. You won't win a reality TV show with it.But the Bible tells us that it is the path to greatness in the eyes of God. The smaller we get, and the more important we make others, the closer we are...

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Disney Trams And Sermon Design

If you've ever been to one of the Disney theme parks, you know what this picture is all about.You enter the Disney property, park about three miles from the park entrance, and then the tram stops by your car to pick you up.That's what the tram does (not on its own,...

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Living The Sermon Before I Ever Preached It

I had the most interesting encounter after the 11:30 service this past Sunday.The message dealt with the relationship between church & state and between Christian & government.The bottom line came from Philippians 3:20 -- But your citizenship is in heaven --...

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Dads, Daughters, Dates

It was an interesting weekend in my house.First, my wife Julie had been given two tickets to the Ryder Cup in Chicago, and so took her father Ted Munoz with her. They spent Saturday following Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, and others around the 18 holes of Medinah.If...

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Church, State, Christian, Government, GSUMC & the DNC

I'm getting ready to step into the middle of it this Sunday.A stand-alone sermon that I pray deals honestly, delicately, and forthrightly with the prickly subject of Church and State.  And Christian and Government.  And GSUMC and the DNC.Why would I do such...

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