In A Nutshell | November 25, 2022

Placing a Special Emphasis on Being Thankful  As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends this week, let us take a moment to remember those who will not have a place at the table and might be dining alone, if they are able to dine at all.  It’s amazing how we can liveContinue reading “In A Nutshell | November 25, 2022”

In A Nutshell | November 18, 2022

Tightening My Belt Heading Into the Holidays  What I dread most about this time of the year is not the holiday, but rather, the consequences of eating too much, so this year, I am going to try something different.   Instead of dieting after the upcoming six-week celebration of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, I’m going to tryContinue reading “In A Nutshell | November 18, 2022”

In A Nutshell | November 11, 2022

Building a Foundation for Service Through Humility   Election Day has come and gone, and most of the races have been decided. Now, as our new leaders prepare to take office, it is essential that they understand their role as servants first and leaders second.  Jesus set the standard for servant leadership during his brief timeContinue reading “In A Nutshell | November 11, 2022”

In A Nutshell | November 4, 2022

Out of the Darkness and into the Light   It’s that time of year again — time to turn our clocks back one hour as we return to Standard Time. This annual ritual brings a short-term benefit and a long-term dilemma. The benefit, of course, is the extra hour of sleep we will enjoy this Sunday,Continue reading “In A Nutshell | November 4, 2022”

In A Nutshell | October 28, 2022

Facing Our Fears Through Our Foundation in Faith  I never understood the fascination that some people have with fear. There are enough things in life that scare me; I don’t need horror movies or haunted houses to add to my angst, but there are people out there who get a kick out of frightening themselvesContinue reading “In A Nutshell | October 28, 2022”

In A Nutshell | October 21, 2022

Autumn Colors and the Promise of Eternal Life  Autumn’s brilliant display of colors will likely reach its peak in the coming week, so be sure to take one more opportunity to breathe in the landscape and reflect once again on the beauty of the earth.  It’s hard to imagine how anyone could witness the magnificenceContinue reading “In A Nutshell | October 21, 2022”

In A Nutshell | October 14, 2022

There’s No Place Like Home  In The Wizard of Oz, perhaps the most iconic movie of all time, Dorothy closes her eyes, clicks the heels of her ruby red shoes three times, and says softly, “There’s no place like home.” I think most of us would agree with that sentiment. We love to travel, butContinue reading “In A Nutshell | October 14, 2022”

In A Nutshell | October 7, 2022

A Youth Movement and Other Signs of Growth at Oak Chapel It was so heartwarming to see eight young people at our most recent Youth Fellowship gathering this past Sunday — the largest such gathering during my tenure at Oak Chapel.  Jen led the group, and she did a terrific job, engaging in a gameContinue reading “In A Nutshell | October 7, 2022”

In A Nutshell | September 30, 2022

Let Us Break Bread at a Table Where All Are Welcome  Communion is a holy and sacred sacrament in our church and in thousands of other churches across the country and around the world, but it is not without controversy.  As members of the United Methodist Church, we believe that all are to be welcomedContinue reading “In A Nutshell | September 30, 2022”

In A Nutshell | September 23, 2022

Words That Will Never Pass Away  The slow and agonizing decline of our community newspaper is a sad story indeed. The Daily Record has faithfully appeared on our doorstep, first in the afternoons and then in the mornings, for more than a century, but the publication now appears to be on the critical list. TheContinue reading “In A Nutshell | September 23, 2022”

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