First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage Launch

Did you know that marriage is the first institution that God created? Before he created synagogue, before he established government, before he ordained church, God created marriage. Apparently, he regards it as an enormously big deal. Yet can there be any doubt that...

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#TBT — Hey World, I’m Not SPIRITUAL. I’m RELIGIOUS!

This is a repost of an essay from 2016 that generated quite a bit of ... conversation! ... when it first appeared in Ministry Matters, United Methodism's largest online conversation platform. With a hint of nostalgia, here it is again: I’m spiritual, not religious. We...

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ReGroup, Week 4 — When You Believe Your Own Headlines

The ReGroup series concludes with a close look at the closing scenes of Josiah's life from 2 Kings 23. Josiah has an incredible list of accomplishments. He's a Rock Star. His name is in lights. He's on top of the world a looking down on creation. And he begins to...

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Some (More) Questions For Paul

A friend and I have been reading the book of Ephesians together. For over a year. We go down a lot of rabbit trails during our time together, but when we zero in on Ephesians, the rewards are rich indeed. Spending that much time on that short a book, however, also...

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A Clear And Obvious Danger

Many times in speaking or in writing people try to reinforce the strength of their points by adding the words clear and obvious. As in, "it's obvious from the context that John 3:16 means . . . " Or:  "this is clearly the direction our church needs to follow . ....

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Triple D: Diversity, Dallas, (Mic) Drop

During a recent address in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Jason Byassee, professor of homiletics at Vancouver School of Theology and a clergy member of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, shared this thought: In the mainline we have pushed...

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