Charles Wesley: Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1749, II

For me Charles Wesley is my favorite poet. A lot of people have not read his hymns or poetry. Charles Wesley was the younger brother of John Wesley and they both founded the Methodist Movement within the Church of England in the 18th Century. My Wesleyan professor in seminary, Dr. Hal Knight, once commented that if you wanted encouragement for your faith you should talk to John Wesley, however if you needed pastoral care, someone to grieve with, someone to console you, go to Charles Wesley. Both Wesley brothers were essential for the Methodist Movement to grow as it did and does today. For that reason I will share some of his writings from time to time. Whenever I have been truly inspired. I hope you all like it and may it help you mature in your faith through the Holy Spirit. ENJOY… Read More

I’m so inadequate…

Have you ever had one of those weeks or moments when you are reminded just how unprepared you are for your job, family, or life in general? You know those moments when you are hit with something from left field and it leaves you feeling completely inadequate? This past week it happened to me. Read More

Tis the Season…

Today starts that time of year where most churches calendars fill up. The Holiday Season is upon us. But not just for cultural reasons. In fact part of the Church celebrates various feasts and holy days during this time. Take for instance today. It is October 31 and we mostly associate this day with Halloween. However, for Protestants this is also known as Reformation Day. It was on October 31, 1517 that Martin Luther sent his 95 Theses to the Archbishop of Mainz addressing the destructive practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He would later nail his theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenburg. This is known today in history as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Read More

UMC General Confernece/The Prodigal Son

My dad told me once, that “God works with our decisions.” What an interesting concept, but an important one. In this one statement my dad expressed both the pain and the hope that comes with our choices. I bring this up because as a pastor in the United Methodist Church (UMC) I must consider the hard choices that are tearing the church apart. Read More