Remembering the Reformation

October 31st is Reformation Day. What can we learn today from the Protestant Reformation?

Steve Jobs and the Secular Gospel

The late Steve Jobs exemplied the secular gospel which has a powerful appeal to modern Americans.

Together! For Kids and Camps

The Together! capital campaign is a chance to invest in the lives of young people.

Local Church Program for Creation Care

The Florida Conference Creation Care Task Team offers a program for local churches.

Keeping Faith in Your Ministry

How do pastors keep their faith in the ministry as a calling of God and not just a job?

What have we learned since September 11, 2001

Reflections on what we have learned in our experience as a nation since the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001

Being Church in an Age of Anxiety

A young theologian has written a book on a theology for church renewal. It offers an antidote to the high anxiety the church faces in our changing society and a perspective for the way forward.

Peeking into Ultimate Salvation

What should we think about the ultimate salvation of all human beings?

Why Discontinue Congregations?

It is sometimes necessary to discontinue congregations for the sake of the mission of the Church of Jesus Christ.

What should Christians think about the execution of Osama bin Laden?

Life would be much simpler if we were not Christians.  It would also be less meaningful and hopeful.  But it would be simpler. Take the case of how Christians should think about the execution of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by an elite...

Salvation from what?

Holy Week and Easter is the most important time in the whole Christian year because it is when we celebrate God's gift of salvation through the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The question is often asked:  Saved from what? I have...

Children in Poverty in Florida

I want to share with you some information about the needs of the children of Florida.  Last week was Children's Week at the State Capitol in Tallahassee, and I was present to participate with other Methodists--both United Methodists and...

Planning for the Florida Conference

The Strategic Leadership Team has been meeting regularly to work on the development of a comprehensive plan for the Florida Conference for the next several years. At the 2011 annual conference, you will receive a report on the progress of this...

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 46 days of Lent.  In The United Methodist Book of Worship there is a solemn "Invitation to the Observance of the Lenten Discipline."  When I was a pastor of a local church, I...

Deeper Spiritual Reading

There is a kind of reading that should be a part of the life of every Christian, and that is spiritual reading.  Literature on the spiritual life is not a theological discussion of the doctrines of the church, but it is a discussion...

Life in the Body

Recently I was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma on my scalp.  It was caught in an early stage, and no more treatment will be required except regular skin examinations.  I am very fortunate, but  I was affected by this news...

Creation Spirituality

  Of all the trees in Florida, my favorite is the water oak (Quercus nigra).  Tourists may be looking for (mostly imported) palms or stately live oaks streaming with Spanish moss, but I have an affection for the water oak. In late...

The Temptations of the Messiah

The story of the temptations of Jesus sounds like a fairy tale.  Jesus meets Satan in the wilderness, and Satan tempts him three times.  Turn these stones into bread!  Jump off the tower of the Temple!  Worship the devil and win...

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is January 18-25, 2011.  The theme of this week is "One in the  Apostles' Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread and Prayer."  The theme, based on Acts 2:42, was developed by the...

In the Immediate Presence of God

The College of Bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction has had an annual learning time for the past several years.  Recently we were led in an overview of American Methodist history, especially as it relates to the episcopacy, by Dr. Russ...
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