After walking more miles that I count, here are some final reflections from the three-day General Board of Church and … Continue reading Final Reflections from GBCS Young Clergy Forum
After another long day of meetings and discussions at the annual General Board of Church and Society’s Young Clergy Leadership … Continue reading Reflections from Day 2 of GBCS Young Clergy Forum
With the threat of a blizzard all around us, approximately 60 clergy from across the United Methodist Church gathered in … Continue reading Thoughts from Day One of Young Clergy Leadership Forum
Nine years ago I had the greatest Jimmy John’s sandwich I have ever eaten. No other Jimmy John’s sandwich has compared to that one.
What made the sandwich so great had nothing to do with the sandwich itself. It was your typical delicious Jimmy John’s sandwich. What made the sandwich great was the conversation that took place during the meal. Nine years ago this month, I sat at a Jimmy John’s in Chapel Hill, N.C., with my sandwich and chips, to tell one of my pastors that I felt a call to ordained ministry. Continue reading “Sunday’s Sermon: Resolution 2015 – Call”
Since moving to Kentucky in 2007, there is a lot I have learned about our great commonwealth. I have learned that a Derby Pie is a unique combination that must be tasted to be appreciated. I have learned that Lexington is not only the “horse capital of the world,” but also the “traffic jam capital” as well. I have learned that you can tell when someone is new to the state by how they pronounce “Louisville.”
Yet of all the things I have learned about Kentucky, probably the most significant is this: we love our sports. Sports is part of the culture in Kentucky. From the youth basketball courts to the college basketball games, we love to take in sports and talk about them daily. Go to McDonald’s in Lawrenceburg on any morning and you are guaranteed to hear people either talking about the next Kentucky game or a recent high school contest.
We love to get involved in sports. We love to watch the athletes and cheer for our favorite team. We get excited when our team wins and we get frustrated, for example, when a certain team dressed in Gold and Blue decides not to make a basket against Texas. We love our sports. Continue reading “Sunday’s Sermon: Resolution 2015: Follow”