Welcome to stop number 25 of the Lenten Blog Tour. This tour, organized by the publishers of the new Common English Bible, involves 41 different blog reflections from Ash Wednesday to Easter Monday. Be sure to leave a comment below. The publishers are giving away a copy of the CEB New Testament to one commenter … Read more

Goodbyes are hard!

Sunday was a day of saying goodbye. We spent our final Sunday worshiping with, and teaching, the people we have been serving in our current ministry appointments. It was an emotionally intense day. We’re grateful for the time we’ve had here in the Juniata Valley and Huntingdon areas, for the people we’ve had the honor … Read more

The Itinerant System

Since our announcement a couple weeks ago (i.e., about our upcoming move), we’ve been reflecting on the process of appointment making in The United Methodist Church (e.g., how we got here). In The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church (2004), ¶338 addresses “The Itinerant System” … The itinerant system is the accepted method … Read more

Why We Blog

During this transitional time in our lives, it might be a good time to recast the vision for this blog. This blog started out as a place for us to post summaries of our sermons (in late 2004) and it has broadened over the years. The current tagline of our blog is: Life. Leadership. God’s … Read more

How We Got Here

Not everyone may be aware of how pastoral appointments are made in the United Methodist Church (UMC), so we thought we’d share briefly a little bit about the process we’ve gone through in the last couple of weeks. In the UMC, bishops (and district superintendents) have the responsibility of making pastoral appointments. In our conference, … Read more

More Transition

We’ve experienced a lot of change in recent weeks/months — bringing home a baby from Korea and becoming parents, and finishing our dissertations, and completing our doctor of ministry programs. If that wasn’t enough transition for one year, we’re throwing in some more. As we announced this morning in our worship services, we are moving … Read more