A Living Legacy

A Living Legacy

My bishop and friend died this month. I am one more of those persons whose life was altered by Bishop Mike. It was over breakfast in a Denny’s restaurant that he asked me to be a district superintendent. When that happened, I became part of a circle of pastors and...
Making a Statement

Making a Statement

Soon churches will be sending out giving statements. If your church is like most, you will be sending a computer-generated form that looks more like an invoice than a record of faithfulness. Perhaps this year we could use this opportunity to connect, thank, and remind...
Gift Returns

Gift Returns

According to an article at CNBC, a recent survey showed that 77% of consumers plan to return gifts this holiday season. That is 77 out of every 100 people. One in every five people plan to return more than half of their gifts. It appears people will buy a lot of...
A Lesson After Church

A Lesson After Church

Earl was a farmer. When I was in high school Earl and I went to the same church. He was in his sixties and I was close to sixteen. One day I was outside on the church steps following worship and Earl found me to shake my hand—something he did every Sunday. I still...
The Christmas List

The Christmas List

Not long ago I received a Christmas list from my grandchildren. In it they detail their wants and hopes for how I might bring them joy during the unwrapping of presents around the tree. Actually, the list helps me. At my age I am a bit out of touch with some of the...
It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Many churches are in the midst of its fall stewardship campaigns, or soon will be. Much thought has been put into a stewardship theme. Sermons are prepared, letters are sent, worship is enjoyed, and, for a lot of churches, pledge cards or estimate-of-giving cards are...