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Holy Thursday: Litany for Notre Dame, St. Landry Parish, and the World (His Encouragement #20)

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.

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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.

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Will There Be Disability in Heaven? – God Loves You Exactly As You Are

After my mission trip, I was inspired by the words of Christ. I still did not know why I was born with the congenital cataracts that caused my disability, but I decided that it wasn't the why that mattered. It was what I did with my life.

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God’s Grace Gives Me Hope to Face Sight Loss

My goal is to see as much of the world as possible before my sight grows completely dim. I am grateful for every day of vision, but even if I lose my sight entirely, I will continue to travel and explore the world in other ways. I know that people who are blind can love travel just as much as sighted people! I do not need to fear the loss of my vision because, "We walk by faith and not by sight."  

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Where Words Fail, Music Speaks (His Encouragement #10)

What is “His Encouragement?” Thursdays are always a really long day of the week for me. Since I’m a pastor, Sunday feels like the natural beginning to my week.  By the time I get to Thursday, I am tired and drained. That’s why I’m excited to join with a group of blogging friends in order to… Continue reading Where Words Fail, Music Speaks (His Encouragement #10)

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How Do We Change the World? One Small Act of Kindness at a Time (His Encouragement #9)

What is “His Encouragement?” Thursdays are always a really long day of the week for me. Since I’m a pastor, Sunday feels like the natural beginning to my week.  By the time I get to Thursday, I am tired and drained. That’s why I’m excited to join with a group of blogging friends in order to… Continue reading How Do We Change the World? One Small Act of Kindness at a Time (His Encouragement #9)