The Bible Says It … That Settles It

Beginning Saturday, February 23, the United Methodist Church is holding a special called session of its General Conference, the official...

Living in the Tension: A Church of the Via Media

Methodism has often been described as a bridge-building faith that holds together, often in tension, what might seem to be opposing impulses.

A Storm on the Sea

When we’re walking through the storms, we should remember Jesus' words: “Be encouraged! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

The Call of the Fisherman

We often think that the first encounter Simon had with Jesus was on the seashore of the Sea of Galilee. But John’s Gospel tells us differently.

Introducing Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple

In nearly every episode of Jesus’ life and ministry, Peter is somewhere nearby.

The Meaning of the Manger

Merry Christmas! During Advent this year, I’ve shared excerpts from several of my Advent- and Christmas-focused books, including Not a Silent Night...

Seeing Joseph in Jesus

Though the Gospels provide very little direct information about Joseph, I believe we can learn a lot about him by looking at his son.

Not Silent in Bethlehem

If all were calm and bright in the world, Christmas wouldn’t be necessary. Christmas came because the world is broken.

Our Mission at Christmas

Advent is a time when we prepare ourselves spiritually to celebrate the birth of the Savior. The word advent means “coming.”

Living the Good Life

Nobody says, “Give me the mediocre life. Give me the lousy life.” Everybody wants to experience the good life.

What Our Generosity Means to God

From the earliest biblical times, the primary way people worshipped God was not by singing songs of praise or listening to sermons.

Restless Heart Syndrome

We find that we are never satisfied with anything. The moment we acquire something, we scarcely take time to enjoy it before we want something else.

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