Transformation Day 5

In the last few days I have written at the very end of long days. I write this one at the beginning of our last day here. When class comes to an end at noon today, Joleen and I will be taking some vacation time for renewal and refreshing. Therefore, it will be several days … Read more

Transformation Day 4

We’re nearing the end of this transformational journey. It’s been a great week, and now we just have a half day to go. I am anticipating more good things from God, and a wonderful conclusion to an awesome week. Class time continues to be productive, and today Joleen and I had lunch with Molly Scott. … Read more

Transformation Day 3

Another wonderful, but oh so intense day. Unfortunately, I do not have enough time or energy to write much. I’m sure I will have to do some writing/reflecting a few days after this week is over, once I’ve had a chance to catch my breath and process all of this. It was another long day, … Read more

Transformation Day 2

It’s been a long day, and I’m beyond ready for bed. But I want to reflect briefly on this day. Yesterday I felt (hoped!) that the day would be foundational for the rest of the week. I really think that each day will build on the work of the previous days. That was certainly true … Read more

Transformation Day 1

Our first day of class was very good. It was a day of getting acquainted with each other (reacquainted with some). The day began with Dr. Jim Scott leading a time of devotion based on John Wesley’s message, The Scripture Way to Salvation. Our devotional time included a nice time of singing and praying. Lecture … Read more

From Wilmore, KY

No sermon from me today, but I thought you might like to know what we did on our day away. Joleen and I are, of course, in Wilmore, Kentucky this week for a class at Asbury on "Transformation of the Church," taught by Drs. Jim and Molly Scott (more on that later). Whenever we’re away … Read more

Fruit of the Spirit 6: Endurance

Today, we’re wrapping up this series on the “fruit of the Spirit.” We’ve been looking at some of the fruit in the life of a person transformed by the Holy Spirit. People who are being transformed by the Holy Spirit have a mission passion, holiness of heart and life, spiritual freedom, and their lives are … Read more

Fruit of the Spirit 5: Generosity

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20.35b) "Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need." (Proverbs 21.13) "So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of … Read more

Free to Be Me

John 8.31-39"If you were Abraham’s children," said Jesus, "then you would do the things Abraham did. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." Thus states the Declaration … Read more

Fruit of the Spirit 4: Freedom

This Sunday begins our fourth year in ministry together, and I’m excited about the future. At this moment, we don’t know exactly what our future looks like, and that’s a wonderful-but-scary thing. We have great opportunity before us, but it’s a future that requires faith. But are we not people of faith? Therein lies the … Read more