Month: June 2012

SERMON from 6-17-12: “Questions My Neighbor Asked Me: Why Are Christians So Obsessed With the End of the World?”

  No Father’s Day Theme this week.  Sorry, dads, our day is bereft of the pomp and circumstance of our maternal counterparts.   Matthew 6.25-34   25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is

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My Summer Reading List 2012 (REVISED)

I know I should have waited until after Annual Conference to finalize my summer reading list.  I picked up some books from Cokesbury and had some suggested to me.  It won’t be as elaborate as my last list, but here it is: Minding the Good Ground by Jason E. Vickers Hijacked: Responding to the Partisan

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Instructions for Handling My Son’s Death

***This isn’t written with everyone in mind, but all are welcome to read it.*** IMPORTANT: Carter, my son, is still alive and well–smiling as he ALWAYS does. That being said, last Tuesday, my wife and I received some discouraging news.  While our son–Carter (7)–has a healthy heart, his brain will eventually stop controlling it.  Most

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#INAC12, No One Thought About the Homeless?

There are certainly things to be said about the success–or not–of the Indiana Annual Conference’s first meeting in downtown Indy. Personally, the convenience we were told would be experienced does not make up for how prohibitively expensive it is. Let’s alternate between Purdue and IU–or places of equal square footage and cost-effectiveness. ***FULL DISCLOSURE: As

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Barton Wrong on Jefferson? Throckmorton and Coulter Debunk ‘The Jefferson Lies’

My recent oath to exclude politics and destructive rhetoric from my blog notwithstanding, I am still an historian who feels it important to point out when someone is getting something abhorrently wrong. David Barton’s recent book about Thomas Jefferson–The Jefferson Lies–is something which needs to be refuted. In their book–Getting Jefferson Right–Warren Throckmorton and Michael

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My 2012 Summer Reading List

  As a student, my time is so totally consumed by reading assignments, that I barely have time to read commentaries for my weekly sermon prep. So, when it comes to books I want to read for personal, professional or recreational purposes, I really don’t have the time.   So, each summer, I try to

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SERMON from 6-3-12: “Questions My Neighbor Asked Me: Does God Have a Plan For My Life?”

Romans 12.1-3   1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you

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