Wednesday, September 23, 2020

When prodigal children don’t return

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A younger son demands his inheritance, then “sets off for a distant country”—severing himself from his father’s beliefs, values, and spiritual legacy—with no intention of...

What a glorious gift

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It was Christmas morning, and I sat amidst the hubbub of gift opening commotion. My brother and sisters were to the right and left,...

Learning from the “Dones” and “Nones”

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In the early 2000s, Adam was the star quarterback at his local high school. That notoriety—combined with using his older brother’s ID to purchase...

When we disagree

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For almost 20 years, the U.S. Conference of MB Churches (USMB) has followed the policy regarding women in ministry that was adopted by delegates...

You can be an online missionary

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It was 10:30 on a Tuesday morning and I’d just sent a batch of emails to pastors about an upcoming prayer meeting. My coffee...

On the Border

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Fourteen people—nine men and five women, all from Mexico—stand shoulder to shoulder in front of a judge in federal court in Brownsville, Texas, on...

Rethinking retirement

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In the spring of 2016, I transitioned out of senior pastoral leadership at Reedley (Calif.) MB Church. Connie, my wife, and I enjoyed 17...

Heaven on earth

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I am blessed to serve as a pastor with Butler Avenue MB Church—Butler for short.  Butler is an incredibly diverse church on the southeast...