What I Learned From Eugene Peterson
December 7th, 2023
“Now the overseer is to be above reproach…”1 Timothy 3:2a NIV I love Eugene Peterson’s books on pastoring and have been a big fan/disciple of his profound reflections through the years of my ministry. Ever since Jesus told us to “Go, and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19), the church has set aside spiritual leaders called “Pastors,” who are to shepherd and lead people into Christlikeness. But this is...
Season of Advent
November 30th, 2023
https://www.ignitermedia.com/products/43868-season-of-advent Welcome to “Advent!” In Christian history, the Advent season is a four-week period just prior to Christmas that celebrates the anticipation and coming of Jesus Christ, God’s promised Messiah for the world! The origin of "advent" is from the Latin word adventus, which simply translates as "coming" or "arrival." Not only do we celebrate an...
A Presidential Honor Comes to OHFUMC
November 23rd, 2023
“Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”Romans 13:7 NIV Every now and then, an inspiring story rises to the top of our attention. Most unsung heroes live their lives, as the Apostle Paul instructed us, to “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with yo...
Joy to the Whirled
November 23rd, 2023
“Be Still and know that I am God”Psalm 46:10 With Black Thursday right around the corner, it is about to begin. Has anybody noticed that teenagers are not the only ones who act like teenagers? Cara and I have been out shopping multiple times in these early, pre-Christmas seasons. Like many people, we are trying to find just the right gifts for family members on our list. It becomes painfully appar...
November 16th, 2023
I will call this Blog, “Coming Attractions!” I am in the final stages of preparing my preaching calendar for the first half of 2024. One of the aspects of ministry I have loved the most is the opportunity to preach and teach God’s word to His people every week. I’m thinking that by the time July 1, 2024 hits (accounting for vacations, and substitutions), I’ve probably had just over 1,800 times to ...