The Door of Reconciliation

This is the door of reconciliation in St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. At the time Christopher Columbus was sailing for America, two warring factions were locked in battle in Ireland. One group was forced to retreat to the cathedral were they...

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Church Update

Yesterday I attended a representative gathering of bishops, agency heads, and pastors from around the country who met in Atlanta. Adam Hamilton, pastor of Church of the Resurrection UMC in KC, helped to convene the event whose purpose was to...

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There's Open and There's Open

While the decisions at last month's General Conference in St. Louis were regrettable, there is one thing I don't regret and that is the way our church has responded. I have received close to a hundred messages from St. Luke's members and...

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The Future of the United Methodist Church and Your Voice!

Today's message is not so much a devotion as sharing an opportunity. I was going to write this as a separate article, but feared the email would be so long you might forego reading. So while this might not feel like a spiritual reflection...

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Christ is Still King

Most often Advent, the four weeks before Christmas and the first season of the Christian year, begins the Sunday after Thanksgiving. But every now and then, the calendar provides a Sunday between. This is one of those years. In the liturgical...

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Horses, Sneetches and People

Lipizzaner horses are known for their aerobatic skills and disciplined performances. Their coats are thick dazzling white, but they are not born that way. Lipizzaner horses are actually black at birth. As they grow, their coats gradually...

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The Power of Presence

I am completing the manuscript for a book on Martin Luther. I begin the chapter on Luther's period of refuge at Wartburg Castle with this story...   Early in my ministry I worked as an associate pastor under a seasoned veteran senior...

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Doing Right Things

Years ago I heard a speaker define the difference between management and leadership this way: doing things right versus doing the right things. Whether you agree with their decision or not we saw the international chain, Dick's Sporting Goods...

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The Lesson of the Wagon Train

In her book, Keeping the Sabbath Wholly, Marva Dawn tells a story from the pioneer days about a wagon train traveling from St. Louis to Oregon. The members were devout Christians and followed the practice of observing the Sabbath and not...

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The Effort Before Climbing

In my entire ministry I have never had a start to Lent like this one. First of all, Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine's Day for the first time since 1945. That alone made it unique, but then I went to the gym for a quick exercise before...

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