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Sometimes Mission is not so Far Afield

I made a wrong turn on my way to a training session. Darn that GPS! It proclaims, “You have arrived!” just as you pass the turn. Thankfully, just up the road there was a big church parking lot where I could make a U-turn. On exiting the lot, I was greeted by this sign: I let the car idle for a moment as I considered this. There, in my training shorts, shoes and sport shirt, was I really entering the mission field? I have never actually been on a mission ... Read More »

The Best of All is, God is With Us

I mentioned in my last blog post that I would be spending some time on a Wesley Heritage tour in England with Educational Opportunities. The good news is that just like at church camp years ago, this “grown up church camp” experience offered our tour group time for fun fellowship, some opportunities to learn and multiple ways to practice and renew our faith together. We retraced the steps of the Wesley family and the earliest beginnings of Methodism, visiting Epworth, Bristol, Oxford, London and many points in between. We didn’t ... Read More »

I Can

My favorite TV show is in new episodes right now. I wait for it every summer – So You Think You Can Dance. It’s like American Idol only with dancers and nicer judges. I used to be a dancer. I could leap with the best of them, put my leg over my head and do 16 fouettes turns in a row. I loved dancing; I loved the discipline it required and the freedom that came during a performance when all the hard work paid off. When I was in high ... Read More »

Cynicism vs. Hope

Hi, my name is Kelly and I am a West Wing addict. I have spent the last several months re-watching all seven seasons of West Wing in my spare time. All 156 episodes. At approximately 45 minutes per episode, that means I have spent 117 hours in recent months watching West Wing. In all honesty, there is some likelihood that I have watched West Wing when I should have been doing something else…like interacting with actual human beings. I’ve heard binge watching Netflix is the hip new thing to do, ... Read More »

Faith for a Lifetime

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) It won’t come as a surprise to anyone reading this post when I say that junior high and high school can be tough years. At that time in our lives there is so much to sort out about ourselves and our place in the world. We’re trying to fit in at the same time that we’re learning who we are. This was my experience, anyway. ... Read More »

Questions

I was out walking with a young woman the other night and we were talking about faith. She had so many questions. “Is everything in the Bible true? Did God create the world in seven days? If he did how come it doesn’t match science? What do you mean God might be a woman? Did Jonah really get swallowed by a whale? How do I know what to believe?” They just kept coming. As fast as we talked about one another one came on its heels. They were great questions ... Read More »

Try Harder

Religion says: Try Harder. Jesus says: Trust Me. The power of these simple words struck me the first time I read them. Isn’t the tension between these two strategies exactly the place where we get stuck? Many of us believe that God is somehow involved in this journey to a life of meaning, purpose and joy, but it is sometimes difficult to figure out just exactly who does what in that process. If all things are possible with God, why does it still feel so hard sometimes? If it is ... Read More »

Making God A Priority

“God wants first place in our life,” said Bishop Cho Sunday morning as we closed the 233rd session of the Virginia Annual Conference. He followed with a pretty convicting question, “Who is number one in your life?” Since Sunday I’ve been thinking a lot about that question. I want God to be first place and yet, the truth is, I crowd God out. This is mostly because I’m too busy. It is also because, quite frankly, I just don’t make God a priority. Two years ago, Bishop Cho challenged us to ... Read More »

I Love You, Too

I never say “I love you” to God.  Not anymore. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know about Jesus. The Christian faith has been part of my life from the beginning. I’ve always understood that prayer means talking to God and I have always considered prayer to be a good thing. Sometimes when I prayed, I felt that someone heard those prayers. Other times, however, prayer has simply been an exercise in faith. As it says in Hebrews, “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance ... Read More »

Invitation From God

Last November, I went to a conference with a number of inspirational speakers. One of the speakers talked about a time in her life when she felt God had “invited” her to make a change, to do it differently, to consider another path, to step out of her comfort zone. I was intrigued by this idea of an invitation from God, as if God was inviting us each to a very special party called life. At the end of the week, in an effort to crystalize the message and the ways ... Read More »

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