Messages & Audio Teachings

Crossing Bridges: From doubt to reconciliation1

Crossing Bridges: From doubt to reconciliation1

My memories of crossing the White River on the Oil Trough Ferry are a mixed bag of nightmares and excitement. During my early childhood, my family lived in Memphis. And we frequently traveled to visit my grandparents. This meant first crossing over the Mississippi...

Pastor’s Book Club News: The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs

Pastor’s Book Club News: The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs

We finished our study of Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison and completed our worship series, Bridges. Racial reconciliation is a work in progress that comes with a great sense of urgency for Asbury. Our community superpower is diversity. But equity takes intentional...

Living water: April 25 to May 30

Living water: April 25 to May 30

Joel Saladin, in his book, The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs, compares eggs from Polyface Farm with a typical egg purchased at the local supermarket and coming from a factory farm. The most notable difference was the measure of folate present in the comparison....

Redemption: God thinks you’re worth it1

Redemption: God thinks you’re worth it1

Easter is both wonderful and a bit strange as holidays go. Easter celebrations vary between families, cultures, and religious sects, from bunny rabbits hiding eggs to ham for dinner. And not everyone views Easter in the same way. Admittedly, I base my understanding...

The turnaround: Time to change direction1

The turnaround: Time to change direction1

According to an ABC News article from October, Genesee County is studying 3,600 intersections to determine if they are good candidates to become roundabouts. Rowe Professional Services recently constructed Genesee County's first roundabout on Elms Road. According to...

Medicine: The balm of forgiveness1

Medicine: The balm of forgiveness1

Welcome to Episode five of our trilogy, Bridges, where we continue to address the often difficult subject of racial reconciliation. June 17, 2015, was an ordinary day in Charleston, South Carolina. It was Wednesday, and a weekly meeting of a prayer group was underway...

Guilty: Confessing our bias towards color1

Guilty: Confessing our bias towards color1

According to their "Voting Laws Roundup" as of February, The Brennan Center for Justice makes this observation concerning potential changes to voting laws across the country — "In a backlash to historic voter turnout in the 2020 general election, and grounded in a...

Roadblocks: A community’s shame

Roadblocks: A community’s shame

As Cyndi and I watched the first episode of the ABC News documentary, Soul of a Nation, I knew that an old friend would be there with us. I can’t remember the first time that I met Shame. Likely, after being discovered climbing on the kitchen counter to reach the...

Empathy: Borrowed shoes

Empathy: Borrowed shoes

It was one of my dad’s favorite pearls of wisdom concerning how to get along with others. “Never judge a man when you haven’t walked a mile in his shoes,” my dad would say to me. Like all metaphors, borrowing shoes has its limitations. But there is a lesson in this...