Month: September 2012

Return of the Psy #GangnamStyle

For those who are both Star Wars and Korean rap fans:)  

SERMON from 9-23-12: “Bumper Sticker Theology: Faith Is A Journey–Not A Guilt Trip”

Psalm 32.4-6 4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt

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If Jesus is Greater Than Religion, Church Renewal is a Much Bigger Job

I never see a viral video until long after it’s popular, or the “virus” has been treated. However, I found one–which is to say one of my professors introduced it to me–that has truly convicted me.  Actually, it confirmed a very recent conviction I have been feeling.  Let me explain. I am taking a class

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Is Beyonce A Feminist Icon?

*Editor’s Note: Beyonce Knowles and I share a birthday–an exact birthday.  So–according to my calculations–I know three people who share the exact same birthday.  Myself, Stacey Byers (with whom I went to school) and Beyonce Knowles.  #carryon In the run up to the 2012 election, I have to resist the temptation to go full-bore into

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SERMON from 9-16-12: Bumper Sticker Theology: “Falling Down Doesn’t Make You a Failure; Staying Down Does”

  *Based on a sermon series originally preached at First United Methodist Church in Mesa, AZ.   2 Samuel 11.2-4, 12.13   2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the

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Tooley, the United Methodist?: @TheIRD Prez Takes Aim At Moderation, Tolerance in Wake of Libyan Slaughter

  Mark Tooley carelessly criticizes caring Christians for cheap political and theological points, any chance he gets. Por ejemplo… Tooley’s latest screed was published by the American Spectator, and is a mush of attacks on conservative UM seminary deans, ecumenical group leaders and…”liberal religionists?”  Whatever that is… He even mentioned Terry Jones, the Florida pastor

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Your Coffee is Reporting for Duty!


'Java Jacket' by Brock Davis


I thought you could use some motivation for your Friday. If you can't get up for your coffee, know that your coffee is getting up for you!


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SERMON from 9-9-12: “iGod Am All-Loving”

  *This is the 4th and final sermon in a series inspired by Nelson Searcy called “iGod.”   Ephesians 3.14-21 (NRSV) 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16 I pray that, according to the riches of his glory,

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SERMON from 9-2-12: “No Atheists in Foxholes? Check the VA Hospital.”

This is the third sermon in a series called “iGod.” However, since the death of my son, this is gonna look a little different than the others. Jeremiah 29.11-14 11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a

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