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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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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Is any one form of worship liturgy better for reaching God? The apostle Paul suggested that an open heart has the answer. Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. ~ Romans 3:27 Today was my last midterm exam for the […]

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The Beatitudes from Jesus’ sermon on the mount have inspired countless people through the ages. But they are more than just inspiring words – they are a roadmap to a fulfilling life in faith. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ~ Matthew 5:3 I am back to classes […]

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My accomplishments this year towards ordination definitely compromised my humility at critical times. Like the warrior Naaman, I get to keep coming to God to wash away my pride. But [Naaman’s] servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, […]

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How do you offer a healing prayer in a divided and wounded community? I got a first-hand experience this week at Yale Divinity School’s Marquand Chapel. Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw […]

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For some people, elections bring joy or relief; for others, they bring grief and loss. A strong faith in Christ’s promises helped me to offer pastoring as grief counseling in the aftermath of the election. When the sabbath was over…they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away […]

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A yoke holds animals together to do useful work. Getting yoked to studies and ministries at divinity school is like that – good work for a good purpose. “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is […]

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Before the Fall Orientation (BTFO) at Yale Divinity School is a time to consider where we’re going through God’s grace as much as it is to celebrate having arrived. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing-floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn […]

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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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