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Devotions, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Everything Changes When Jesus Shows Up at Church (His Encouragement #31)

I admire the woman in Luke 13:10-17 because I know from firsthand experience how embarrassing it can be to go into a public space when you look different from everybody else. Her faith is an inspiration to all of us.

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Book Reviews, Books, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Women in Ministry

Book Review: Speaking Out: Gifts of Ministering Undeterred by Disabilities by the United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities

Speaking Out: Gifts of Ministering Undeterred by Disabilities is a book that is full of both heartbreak and hope. This book is compilation of personal testimonies from people serving in ministry, all of whom are living with some type of disability.

Ministry, Pastoral Life, Writing

Joy in the City Devotional: (His Encouragement #24)

This post is part of the weekly series, "His Encouragement: Thursday Thoughts to Strengthen Your Soul."    Introduction: A City Bathed in Prayer My Bible Verse for the Year: The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’… Continue reading Joy in the City Devotional: (His Encouragement #24)

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Devotion: Heaven Is Full of Puppies (His Encouragement #23)

Our Great Creator is the God who created all things good. God will continue to care for all of creation by making provision for the plants and the animals when Christ comes again.  I take a great comfort in the words that describe the beauty of God’s Holy City where we will at last be in full communion with our loving Creator.

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Holy Thursday: Litany for Notre Dame, St. Landry Parish, and the World

It is always a tragedy when a sacred space is destroyed. This Holy Week, we remember Notre Dame, the people of Paris, St. Landry Parish, and all who mourn. Our hearts long for the resurrection of an Easter morning.

Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Women in Ministry, Writing

Gender, Race, and Disability: The Aspects of Inclusion We Frequently Forget in Church

An intersectional approach means that we realize that every person is unique and that no two people are the same. As such, we recognize every single person will have a unique experience of life. As the United Methodist Church considers its future, in order to be truly inclusive, we must also consider the needs of women, people of color, and people with disabilities. I urge the UMC to take an intersectional approach to ministry.

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Devotion: Broken Dishes & Forgiveness

The forgiveness that my mother showed to me mirrors the forgiveness that God, our heavenly parent, is willing to show toward each of us. The Pslamist tell us that we are blessed when our sin is forgiven. There is no need to carry our guilt and sin with us for years, the way I carried the guilt that I felt over my mother’s casserole dish.