A Life Poured Out

There are two small seas in the region, which are quite different in their characteristics. Both of these bodies of water are more like lakes by the rest of the world’s standards. But in an area where water is very scarce, it is understandable that they came to be known as seas. One of them […]

Shine Like Stars

In 2006, the results of a study conducted by San Francisco’s Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic created lots of conversations and even more jokes at the expense of women everywhere. The study claimed that women speak an average of 20,000 words per day while men spoke a mere 7,000 words per day. For a few […]

Breathe

On October 7th at FUMCMC, we will begin the discussion that has consumed the United Methodist Church over the last 46 years. During that time, we have spent large sums of money and countless hours discussing, debating and sometimes arguing over the issue of sexuality. I have watched people I care about, who might not […]

Quarterly Conference: Way Forward

Many of you are familiar with the struggle happening within the United Methodist Church regarding the Church’s stance on the issue of human sexuality. The struggle to find common ground has been a major part of the discussions taking place at General Conference since 1972. This past General Conference (2016), the Conference asked the Council […]

Others

The philosopher Frederick Nietzsche, who popularized the idea that “God is dead,” once said, “If these Christians want me to believe in their god, they’ll have to sing better songs, they’ll have to look more like people who have been saved, they’ll have to wear on their countenance the joy of the beatitudes. I could […]

One Mind Sermon Series

During Vacation Bible School, a class was interrupted when a new student was brought in. The little boy had one arm missing, and the teacher was very nervous that one of the other children might comment on his handicap and embarrass him. As the class time was about to end, she asked the class to […]

The Way Forward Report

The General Conference (GC) is the only body that can speak for the United Methodist Church. The GC writes our church laws and policies and re-writes portions of our Book of Discipline every 4 years to keep the church relevant to our changing times. This means that no individual has the authority to speak for […]