Book Reviews, Books

First Line Fridays #6: “Half Truths” by Adam Hamilton

Welcome to First Line Fridays! First Line Fridays a fun meme hosted by Hoarding Books! The aim of the game? Grab the book closest to you and share the first line! Title: Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn't Say (My desk is full of books right now, but… Continue reading First Line Fridays #6: “Half Truths” by Adam Hamilton

Devotions, Pastoral Life

Devotion: Bloom Where You Are Planted

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5, NIV).” Dear Reader, I have always admired people who God has blessed with the gift of a green thumb. My grandmother always kept a… Continue reading Devotion: Bloom Where You Are Planted

Beckie stares in wonder at a manatee. The manatee has large and soulful eyes.
Ministry, Stewardship

Good Stewardship Is More Than Money

“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  (2 Corinthians 9:6-7) Dear Reader,           God calls all of to be Good Stewards of God’s Creation. We… Continue reading Good Stewardship Is More Than Money

Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Uncategorized

Tips for Sermon Writing

Dear Reader, John Wesley (one my personal heroes and co-founder of Methodism) encouraged “plain speaking for plain people,” he also advocated excellence in preaching. When preparing a sermon, I always ask myself the following questions: 1.) You are the resident theologian: Even if you have never attended seminary, there is a good chance that you… Continue reading Tips for Sermon Writing