Fun Facts About Martin Luther

Martin LutherToday is Reformation Day, commemorating the day in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenburg. I thought to mark the occasion I would do a blog the man who started it all, Martin Luther. Instead of writing a long-winded blog about how important he was and his legacy within Protestant Christian, I though instead I would share some information on Luther most people might not know. Luther: The good, the bad, and the ugly! Continue reading

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Misconceptions I Run Into as a Christian Ally

gay-christian-windowAs a Christian who supports the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the church I often find myself on the defensive, which is to be expected. I’ve been called everything from a heretic to an apostate often at the same time (not sure how’s it’s possible to be both). But what really frustrates me are the misconceptions people have about me and my larger beliefs because of this one issue. There seems to be a lot of misconceptions on what I am about as a Christian ally, so I’m here to clear up some things. Continue reading

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Dinosaurs 22 Years Later

JurassicPark_297PyxurzIn honor of the release of the new Jurassic World movie (over twenty years after the release of the original Jurassic Park film) I thought to write a blog on dinosaurs. I was after all a dinosaur nut as a kid, and I mean nut. Even before Jurassic Park came out I was obsessed with the strange prehistoric creatures. Just ask my mother how many dinosaur toys and books I owed. When I saw Jurassic Park for the first time I was spell-bound seeing Brachiosaurus walking across the park for the first time with that John Williams score in the background that reminds me even 22 years later that there is still plenty of mystery in the world. Over the past two decades though so much of what we know and we thought we knew about dinosaurs has changed. Here’s some big leaps I might have never imagined when I was a kid playing with model T-Rexes and Triceratops. Continue reading

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Memories of Growing Up at Trinity UMC

trinityThe following is the contents of an article I wrote for my former church’s newsletter this month as it prepares to celebrate it’s centennial.

I was baptized by Rev. Dave Hillard on May 11, 1986 (Mother’s Day) at Trinity. Can’t say I remember the experience being less than a year old at the time, but having witnessed many baptisms in The United Methodist Church since then I know that among other things the congregation affirmed the following pledge: Continue reading

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Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Change the Name if You Must, But Keep the Method

RipplesRecently there has been a great deal of Methodist blog activity around the Wesleyan Quadrilateral and a number of prominent voices calling for its demise. As pleased as I was to see everyone taking a break from debating the pros and cons of schism, I can’t say scrapping one of the most note-worthy ideas to come out of Wesleyan theology since the 1968 merger is much of an improvement. Continue reading

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Good News to the Poor

Homeless JesusI struggled for hours trying to write a reflection on this past week’s Advent reading (Isaiah 61:1-4). Try as I might the right words wouldn’t come. Then I realized that it didn’t matter what I wrote. Isaiah’s words need no commentary or reflection. These verses speak best for themselves, but only if we believe they still speak to us today. As I read them to myself this week, this is what they seemed to be saying to me. Continue reading

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Advent Reflection: Who Invited John?

Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” Continue reading

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