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Holy Envy: Coming this September

Holy Envy: Coming this September

A Fresh Look at Worldview: Emerging Worldviews 1 … Colson Center September is the traditional month for back-to-school. The school supplies and clothes sales began a couple of months ago in anticipation of a rush to dress and equip children for the occasion. So it’s...

Nada: Embracing dark emotions

Nada: Embracing dark emotions

It’s been 13 years since my dad passed away. Four years since my mom died. I lost one of my brothers to cancer only a year ago, and my first grandson died before his first birthday seven years ago. Grief is an emotion that all humans have in common. The differences...

Nightmares: Afraid of the dark

Nightmares: Afraid of the dark

Cyndi and I invested in a trail cam this summer. Some creature was eating the tops of our pole beans, leaving a few stubs with little hope for a future harvest. And our lettuce becomes a salad bar while we're not watching. We suspect that at night our garden became an...

Perfect storm: Watching out for sparrows

Perfect storm: Watching out for sparrows

The sky in Denver was hazy from wildfires on Tuesday as children cooled down in a fountain. Credit: David Zalubowski / Associated Press Each morning I look at a weather map that includes fronts and radar images of precipitation. Most days, the map of North America is...

Night vision: Coming August 1

Night vision: Coming August 1

It is no wonder that so many of us are struggling with some form of re-entry anxiety. I know that I'm eager to return to a different normal than I've experienced during the pandemic. But at the same time, I'm hesitant, given the issues we're facing, including racism,...

Bedazzled: Unmasking critical race theory

Bedazzled: Unmasking critical race theory

A soundbite is a catch-phrase, a sticky statement — a few words strung together representing a lot more than just the collection of words used as a stand-in for a much broader topic. The better soundbites fit easily on a sign that gets carried to the streets by...

Anxious: How do I look?

Anxious: How do I look?

I realized back in the fall that despite entering the pandemic with a goal of improving my eating habits, my weight reached a new high. Unfortunately, it still took me a couple months to react and deal with some bad habits adding to my expanding waistline. The anxiety...

Independence Day: Crossing the River

Independence Day: Crossing the River

July 4th hasn't fallen on a Sunday since 2010. I preached my first sermon on that day the first week I arrived in Flint as Asbury's pastor. God's call on my life to speak to others about the good news of Jesus Christ has proven to be the greatest gift I have ever...

Reclaiming Queer: Reclaiming the church

Reclaiming Queer: Reclaiming the church

J. J. Warren speaking at United Methodist Church General Conference… credit Mike DuBose UM News In a call to reclaim both the church and the meaning of “queer,” J. J. Warren, in his book, Reclaiming Church, writes that “The Church has institutionalized racism, sexism,...