Monday, November 30, 2009

Black Friday Song

If any of you missed the premier of the Black Friday Song that I wrote, here are the words:
"O come, O come Black Friday. And rescue us from this economy. And let us go and spend all the money we don't have. For we don't have to pay till 2011. Rejoice, rejoice, for Black Friday. And rescue us from this economy."
"O come, O come Black Friday. And let us go shopping. So that we don't have to talk to one another. Instead we can go and buy blenders, toys, computers. Rejoice, rejoice, for Black Friday. And rescue me from talking to my family."

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Advent Conspiracy

Special note ----- if you are reading this on facebook you will want to go to my blog to watch this video www.wikiworship.blogspot.comI would love to hear what you all think. Does this resonate with your understanding of Advent and Christmas?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

What do you think?

Tell me what you think.

Wow ------ it is Thursday

I have just realized that it is Thursday and I haven't written anything yet. I do have something to say though ----- this is the last Sunday of the sermon series through Romans. I will be preaching from Romans 14.1-12. Paul says in verses 7-8: "We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we did, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's." The life we live is to be to the Lord ---- who is the author and finisher of our faith. If this life that we live is not that way, then we are living a life that is turned in upon own desires and wants. What does it look like when our life is lived to the Lord?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

And we're off....

We are down in Fayetteville now ----- it is Saturday and it is finely not raining. Keep praying that we will experience the fullness of God's love on Pilgrimage.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pilgrimage - 2009

I am heading down with the youth group from Warren's Grove to Pilgrimage 2009. I am really excited and my prayer is that we will experience the risen Jesus Christ in an awesome way. This year the speaker is going to be Rev. Ruben Saenz who is a Pastor in Texas. Also the special music this year will be Nathan Tasker. You can find out more about Nathan on facebook at We'll see you down there!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Operation Christmas Child

This last Sunday we had our Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box packing event. It was a wonderful time and everyone packed a lot of shoe boxes. I think we came really close to our goal of 50 (we are within 10 or so) and so if anyone wants to contribute a last minute shoe box let us know. We pray that they will reach out with the love of God to all the children of the world. Amen.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Romans 12.20

In Romans 12.20 it says: "No, 'if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.'" Wouldn't this be something ----- we have our enemies over to the house for some good home cooking. Instead of gossiping, back-biting, slander, inventing evil, ruthlessness, hatred, and deceit ------ our response is to have them over for scrambled eggs and grits, collard greens, sweet tea, roasted clams, pinto beans and cornbread, peach cobbler and cream soda. Is this possible?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Romans 12.9-21

This coming Sunday I will be preaching from Romans 12.9-21. One thing that sticks out to me right away is verse 9 that says: "Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good." How do we hate evil? Some people have taken words like this and ended up hating people that they would describe as evil. Also, they have hated things that they think are evil. As Christians-----how do we hate rightly? (I understand that statement seems almost impossible to say) But seriously, what should we be hating and how do we hate that in the right way? What do you all think?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

rethink Church

Commissioning Papers

You all might have noticed me writing about these things called commissioning papers, so I thought I would let you know what they are. I am considered a Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church. What that means is that I am ordained to a particular Parish setting and there I have been set as the Pastor (in this case Warren's Grove). When I complete certain parts of my schooling then I can begin the commissioning process of becoming an Elder in the United Methodist Church. I am now at the beginning stages of applying to become a Provisional Elder (which is the beginning of applying to become a Full Elder). To do that I had to answer seven questions about my call into the ministry (it ended up taking me 14 pages to write it ----- you know Pastors are sometimes long winded). So, when you hear me describing that I have completed my commissioning papers, that means that I am on my way to becoming an Elder in the UM Church. Please keep praying for me ----- I am going to be interviewed in the middle of this month.