Monthly Archives: May 2015

Sent with Burned Lips

Isaiah 6:1-8 “Here I am. Send me!” These are some of the best-known words in the prophet Isaiah’s career. They also make him look like a bit of a teacher’s pet, the kid on the first row who raises his hand to answer every question. “Here I am. Ooh! Ohh! Pick me, pick me!” But […]

To Our Advantage?

John 15:26 – 16:15 “You deserve better.” Have you ever been dished this line in a breakup? It’s one of the classics, right up there with “I just need some space” and “It’s not you, it’s me.” It’s meant to soften the blow, although most people can read between the lines; “You deserve better” means […]

God’s Family is Not the Cleavers

1 John 5:1-5 Welcome to the family of God. You may have missed that message in today’s Scripture; it’s kind of hidden in all of 1 John’s overly poetic language. Hear it again from 5:1: “Everyone who believes in Jesus the Christ has been born of God…” In this family tree, God is the parent. […]

The Right Questions

Acts 8:26-40 “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.” That’s from Lovett Weems, the director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Weems seems to be everywhere right now – at least if you’re a United Methodist pastor – and for good reason. He’s got some really good, simple, easy-to-apply ideas […]