Messages & Audio Teachings

Making Sense of Life

In the book we are using as a reference for our current worship and teaching series, Leading Causes of Life, the second leading cause raised by our authors is coherence. My wife warned me that this word requires too much explanation. It is not part of our common...

Life from Connections

The interaction between the causes of life described in the book that I am using for our teachings for our current worship series fascinate me.* Each cause generates other causes as life itself is a tapestry of connections. What we do matters and has consequences for...

Creation is not for Sale

Pastor Monica Willarreal of Salem Lutheran Church offered a statement of conviction that I chose to write down for further reflection at a later time. "Creation is not for sale." We were part of an ecumenical group who gathered at Bethel United Methodist Church to...

Community Organizing

I attended a gathering last night with persons from other churches and nonprofits to talk about community organizing. A persons with knowledge and experience led our discussion who traveled from Minneapolis and works for the Lutheran denomination in Chicago. I enjoy...

Choose Life by Connecting

Yesterday, Sunday, we began our new worship series titled Leading Causes of Life. We are using a template designed by Marcia McFey from WorshipDesignStudio.com. This series is based on a book by the same name which I have written about in earlier posts. Our first...

What does the Lord require?

How often have we heard these famous words of the prophet in Micah 6:8: “He has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.” This text is at the center of our Covenant...

SPIRITUAL GROWTH? Can It Be Measured?

A Post of an article written by a good friend of Asbury: I truly enjoy going to Workshops and Retreats, Annual Conference and my first time at the United Methodist Women's North Central Jurisdictional Quadrennial Conference recently. I love to hear the speakers, the...

Life-long Learning

One of my most treasured divine blessings is that I am a "life-long learner." I long ago was able to put aside the obvious statement of fact that this also means that I still have a lot to learn. I am ok with sharing my deficit that I am not the "sharpest knife in the...

Leading Causes of Life

I began another book this morning as I prepare for our next worship series at Asbury titled The Leading Causes of Life. This series from Marcia McFee (WorshipDesignStudio.com) is based on a book by the same name. I stopped reading and began writing when I came across...