Game of Thrones: King of Kings

At 5:02 on the evening of January 26, 1967, it began to snow in Chicago, and it kept on snowing until 10:10 the next morning.  In those seventeen hours, a record 23 inches of snow fell on the city and its suburbs.  Among the many effects of the blizzard, one was the impression it left […]

I Thank You

One Thanksgiving a family was gathered around the table looking forward to the holiday bird. From oldest to youngest they were to express their thanks. When it came time for the youngest he began by thanking the bird, observing that, while he hadn’t yet tasted it, he was sure it would be wonderful. After that […]

Scrooge and . . .

Marley was dead, to begin with – there’s no doubt about that. He was as dead as a doornail. With these opening words, Charles Dickens introduced an old man whose very name is synonymous with greed and miserly. It is clear from the beginning of A Christmas Carol that Ebenezer Scrooge’s addiction to money had […]

Defined By Generosity

Why do people give? Who would have thought that such a simple question would make Charles Darwin scratch his head? Actually, he did more than scratch his head; he obsessed over this one issue. And can you blame him? After all, the idea of being generous is counter to his principle of survival-of-the-fittest. This principle […]

Veterans Day 2016

It was the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month in 1918 when the world celebrated as a treaty was signed ending what was to be “the war to end all wars”   One year after the end of World War I, on what came to be known as Armistice Day, Americans […]

Crossing the Threshold 2016

In Spring of 1995, First United Methodist Church Missouri City conducted a capital campaign to move from the Present Street campus to begin a new chapter on Lexington Blvd. The financial campaign, Standing at the Threshold, was an amazing step of faith. But because of their willingness to follow God’s leading, First United Methodist Church […]

Team-in-Training 2017

Let me begin with a confession: I don’t like to run unless someone is chasing me. In fact, I have a theory that helps me justify my lack of desire to run. What if God only gives you a certain number of heartbeats for your entire lifetime; why use up a bunch of them running?? […]