A long, long time ago (in a galaxy not so far away), there was a society of people looking for hope. These people had been ostracized, alienated, and persecuted by others — including their own government. But their hope for a better world allowed them to keep going in spite of the trials and tribulations … More The Hope of the World
For the last few Sundays, we have been talking about biblical stewardship through the lens of John Wesley’s three simple financial rules: “Earn all you can…Save all you can…Give all you can.” On Sunday, we will conclude this series with a time of commitment and renewal of our commitment to give in support of the … More Why Do We Give To The Church?
This past week, I officiated the funeral for a very close family friend who died last weekend. It was a one of the most difficult services I have done, but it was a tremendous honor for me to be involved in his service. Frank was not just a family friend, but he was one of … More A Salute To Our Veterans
Shortly after I received my calling into ministry, I was visiting with my grandmother in Macon. She handed me a notebook she had kept for many years filled with old church bulletins, newsletters, and newspaper clippings. She had made notes about sermons she had heard preached, scriptures that inspired her, and life moments when she … More Remembering the Saints
A few weeks ago, I heard a comment from one of our members that I believe describes our current situation at Royston First UMC. “We are going to have to stretch ourselves if we ever want to grow as a church.” This comment put into words a feeling I have long held to be true. … More Stretching For Growth
This has been quite the exciting week for Royston First UMC. Last Sunday after worship, we gathered at the Royston Wellness and Community Park for a Blessing of the Animals service. It was a wonderful service with several dogs and a chicken! Our pets are important to us, and it was so much fun getting … More God’s Blessings!
When I was a kid, I was a cub scout and remember learning about hiking and orientation. My den leader took a group of us out into the woods for a hike one day, and each of the boys had to lead the group using a compass and a map and relying on what we … More Finding Our Way Back
Do you remember a time when you found yourself in a new situation? Maybe it was your first day of a new school and you did not know where to sit for lunch. Or maybe it was your first day at a new job and you did not know where your workstation was located. Or … More There’s A Place For You!
I was not ready for the question when I was asked. In a recent conversation with a member of our church, I was asked this question, “What kind of church do you want to be?” I have thought a lot about that question over the last few weeks, and here’s my response: I want to … More What Kind of Church Do You Want To Be?
This past week, I have been at the New Room Conference in Nashville, TN, with over 2,000 other clergy and lay leaders in the global church. It has been an amazing experience as we have sat in the presence of God for three days praying for revival in the church and an awakening across the … More And Let It Begin With Me