Do Not Be Anxious

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life…” Matthew 6:25a As I ponder the command from Jesus regarding anxiety, the first thought that comes to mind is: “easier said than done.”  Our human ability to project into the future gives us the tendency to care about the future which often leads to […]

The Witness of Bob

Recently I made the Sunday morning rounds at our church which include shaking the hands of all of the ushers dutifully assigned to the entrances of the sanctuary.  I noticed that one of our long-time ushers – Bob- had lost noticeably lost weight. I shook Bob’s hand and thanked him for being a great ambassador for the church […]

fireman with painting

The Resilience of the Spirit

Maybe you missed the story recently. An historic Baptist church outside Boston was struck by lightning and the church building burned to the ground- totally destroyed. Some 100 firefighters fought the futile battle and then helped remove items from the church. There were precious few articles that were not engulfed in the fire but one of them was […]


Down By the River

Last week our staff ministry area leaders had a planning retreat in Austin, Texas.  On Monday morning we loaded up into 3 vans and then sped down Interstate 35 South to our state capital in a drive of some three hours. We were fortunate in that we had members who had made available their expansive […]

Craig Fellows
Required Reading

In the coming year, our Craig Fellows will be required to read the following books as they work on their leadership skills in the church. The list was put together by the ministers of Highland Park United Methodist Church. How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge, Clay Scroggins The Emotionally Healthy Leader, Peter Scazzero […]