Living Water

  When I was a child we used to vacation by a beautiful, clear, fish-filled lake in Maine called Wilson’s Lake. Water flowed in from the East and flowed out to the west towards the New Hampshire border just a mile away. The water was good to drink, which was...

Older and Better

  I celebrated a birthday this week. Not all birthdays are particularly noteworthy. But those ending in the numbers five or zero tend to be big deals. The other day, I had one of those big deal birthdays beginning with a SIX and ending in a ZERO! I know the...

Gifts, Giving, and Growth

  Hymn 432 in the United Methodist Hymnal is Jesu, Jesu. The second verse speaks of who we want to be at North Raleigh United Methodist Church: “Neighbors are rich and poor, neighbors are black and white, neighbors are near and far away.” This summer we are...

The Shadows of Babylon

 I came across a verse in my daily devotions this week that caused me to really stop and think. It’s from Isaiah 45: 3 and reads “I will give you the treasure of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel,...

The Politics of Opinions

  This week’s video talks about unity in the face of differing opinions. So, this is as good a time as any to share what Susan and I wrote concerning the recent Supreme Court decision regarding marriage. Here is a portion of a pastoral letter we sent to our...

Anniversaries

  July! It’s hard to believe that we are already nearing mid-summer. Seems like yesterday we were celebrating Christmas and here we are with Vacation Bible School a week behind us now. In the world of United Methodist pastors, July is always an anniversary month....