Breathe in the Air

Breathe in the Air

A few years ago, I was in a boat on Lake Superior, heading out to tour the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. I highly recommend it. As we were pulling away from the dock the captain asked if anyone was from New York, Philadelphia, or any east coast city. Some folks...
Where Do You Want to Be?

Where Do You Want to Be?

I was having a conversation with someone about his motivation for giving generously to so many different ministries he loved. An older man, he was mostly confined to his cane and an occasional walker. Aging with dignity he smiled and shrugged about his current...
Is Your Church in the Plan?

Is Your Church in the Plan?

Recent surveys indicate that in America: 65 out of every 100 people say they are Christian 45 out of every 100 people say they attend religious services once or twice a month While these numbers are down over previous decades, it still indicates that a whopping number...
The Year Ahead

The Year Ahead

Experts tell us that right about now most folks have quit their New Year’s resolutions. If that is the case for you, let me get you started on some new ones. This year your church should resolve to do some important things in the area of stewardship and giving. Let me...
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...