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

Ministry, Preaching

The Importance of Sermon Preparation

A lot of people ask me how I prepare for my sermons. For me, the most important aspect of my job is my preaching. I approach each week’s sermon preparation with the outmost care and respect because when I received my call to ministry, the voice of the Lord was incredibly clear: “Be a preacher… Continue reading The Importance of Sermon Preparation

Order of St. Luke, Pastoral Life

Order of St. Luke Retreat

  Dear Reader, My mind is racing as I try to gather my thoughts. I’m working hard to get everything in order so that I will be ready for the Order of St. Luke retreat this coming week. The retreat takes place at a beautiful monastery with a lovely prayer garden. It’s the perfect place… Continue reading Order of St. Luke Retreat