Christ the King

As a die-hard baseball fan, the number “42” has a very special place in my heart. It is the only number in the major leagues that has been “retired” by all teams. Until this week, I did not know how much significance the number “42” has outside baseball. Here are just a couple of examples: […]

Aaronic Blessing

The Benediction that we, as a congregation, recite each week is called the Aaronic Blessing. It is found in Numbers 6:22-26 in the Hebrew Scriptures. While it has been part of my ministry for as long as I can remember, I have never preached this Blessing, nor have I spent much time studying it. I […]

Let’s Take a Look . . .

Greetings. Our Associate Pastor, Rev. Rusty Young is the guest blogger on my blogpost today. I’ll look for you at Fall Festival and on Sunday! Breathe Peace, Like many of you, my life is busy. As you can imagine, between martial arts, destination imagination, dance, piano, baseball, and schoolwork, my three daughters have busy schedules […]

All Saints

In an All Saints’ Day journal entry dated Monday, November 1, 1756, John Wesley writes, “How superstitious are they who scruple giving God solemn thanks for the lives and deaths of his saints.” Maybe your 18th century English is pretty good, but mine is not, so I needed to google the meaning of the word […]

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 […]


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 […]