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"Jesus Still Weeps"

As a child in Sunday School asked to memorize and recite Bible verses, I often quoted "Jesus wept" because it is the shortest verse in the Bible. The occasion of that verse was Jesus' grief over the death of his friend, Lazarus, and his empathy for the grief of Mary and Martha, the sisters...

"BE HOPE – our 2016 Annual Conference Session Theme"

I have been given the honor of announcing the theme for our 2016 Annual Conference Session. The theme was developed by the planning team, and it was vetted with numerous groups, and now finally I am glad to announce it and endorse it. The theme and logo are as follows: I really like the ...

"More Mail in My Inbox"

I am still getting emails about the decision of the General Commission on the General Conference to deny a display area for the "Discovery Institute" at General Conference. Those emails amaze me, since I have had NOTHING to do with that decision. I do support allowing those we have elected...

“First, Do No Harm”

I have been observing the Indiana state legislature and the surrounding turmoil over the twin issues of “religious freedom” and “equal rights for all.” In spite of the best efforts of many people, including religious leaders, to help the process move toward a meaningful solution, we appear...

"Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak, and Even Slower to get Angry"

My inbox has been full lately with dozens of angry messages from people I do not know. Most have accused me of false belief, intolerance, and close-mindedness. It took a while for me to understand the source of all this anger – and ironically it is for a decision that I did not make or ...

"Looking Forward to 2016"

I know that there is nothing magical about the flip-over of the calendar from one year to the next, and I know that many New Year's resolutions are not kept (some studies say the average time a person keeps a resolution is about 40 days at best). However, as we move into 2016, I do find ...

Remember the Children this Christmas

  Pictured above: Children at Mission Guatemala excitedly hold up their new school supplies.  Christmas is a significant time for many of us each year. A time to celebrate the bond of family, friendships and the many blessings that fill our lives as we remember the birth of Christ Jesus ...

“Lessons from the Grinch”

One of the great things about having young grandchildren is that you get to watch videos and read books with childhood stories – many of which are really adult lessons. I had that experience recently when we were taking care of our granddaughter, Leah, and she wanted to watch the movie “...

“My Motivation for Giving”

This is the time of year when we all receive lots of requests for donations to many valuable causes, including requests from our local churches to give, pledge, and support their ministries. Sometimes we feel inundated by so many requests, and it requires some prioritizing. Marsha and I ...

“Statement About Religious Freedom and Rights for All”

The following statement was composed and signed by the religious leaders of the mainline Protestant denominations in Indiana, and it was released in newspapers around the state this past weekend. I helped to compose it, and of course I signed it. It is shared here so that you will know ...

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