So, now I will be a United Methodist Pastor. Just like that, I have been sent. Here’s how it happened. …which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. ~ Ephesians 2:8-10 It’s a beautiful, sunny and warm afternoon on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Our 2017 Session of The United […]

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In the push for church activism, are we focusing on how to image God’s process of loving and lasting changes in our own congregations and communities? There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ […]

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Two weeks of spring break – what does a seminarian do? Catch up on sleep, prayer, reflection, paper research, and mission work. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. ~ Mark 1:35 Spring break – it is a time […]

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Perfect love is hard to find, but God invites us to experience Christian perfection – being passionately in love with God and the world together. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. ~ Ephesians 4:32 The outdoor thermometer in my car read 97 degrees on a […]

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Is poverty something to be fixed, or something meant for healing through faith-filled communities? Another generation grew up after [Joshua’s], who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. ~ Judges 2:10 A lot of people of all ages struggle to make ends meet. Our government counts some as being […]

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Churches sometimes face divisive issues such as human sexuality. It’s inevitable – we can’t always love one another as God loves us. The United Methodist Church showed recently that how we close that gap makes all the difference. God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world […]

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Grace is God’s undeserved gift of love, freely given at a great price. How does a hospital turn into a place infused with God’s grace?  The holy time is quiet as a nun Breathless with adoration ~William Wordsworth The day is gray and clammy; the hospital building is unremarkable; its hallways are mostly featureless and […]

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Responding to a calling to serve the church is about the journey more than the destination – but what joy there is to see your destination arriving! And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. ~ Revelation 21:2 Forty years […]

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If you’re waiting to be joyful and thankful for God’s grace until after you’re through life’s curves, you’ll miss the grace that’s ready for you now. I ain’t losin’ my soul – God is in control! – Micah Spruance The church that I support as a Seminarian Associate has been worshiping at a local Elks Club, […]

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