November 15, 2019

WOULD YOU LOVE HIM?

    Some years ago Billy Graham was interviewed by Hugh Downs on the 20/20 television program.  The conversation turned to the subject of homosexuality.  Downs asked Graham, “If you had a homosexual child, would you love him?”  Without hesitation Gra...

November 14, 2019

THE BEST INHERITANCE

    The great Revolutionary patriot Patrick Henry is most noted for having said, “Give me liberty or give me death.”  But perhaps his wisest statement was his very last one.  It came at the end of his last will and testament.  He wrote, “I have now...

November 13, 2019

This summary compares proposals from various groups about the future of The UMC. It does not include plans from individuals. Plans are listed in alphabetical order, left to right. Further details are in the plan documents and legislation. All plans will be open for ame...

November 13, 2019

PATHS THAT LEAD NOWHERE

    There is a Hassidic story about a man who went for a walk in the forest and got lost.  He wandered around for hours, unable to find his way back to town.  He followed one dead-end path after another.  Finally he met another man walking in the...

November 12, 2019

THEIR EARS WERE SAVED

    A Japanese legend says that a pious Buddhist monk died and went to heaven.  He was taken on a sight-seeing tour of his new home.  Everything was beautiful, just as he had imagined, until he and his guide came to a large room that looked like a...

November 11, 2019

NO REGRETS

    In 1904 William Borden, heir to the Borden Dairy estate, graduated from a Chicago high school as a millionaire.  His parents gave him a trip around the world.   Traveling through Asia, the Middle East, and Europe gave Borden a burden for the world’s hurti...

November 8, 2019

DO ALL THINGS REALLY WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD?

    Elmer Growmeyer, a Methodist layman in Memphis, told me about his father who had run a retail business in Louisville.  One day he came back from lunch to find his place of business on fire.  He stood out in the street, wr...

November 7, 2019

A MATTER OF PRIORITIES

    A judge in Memphis was involved in the Boy Scout organization for over 25 years.  He spent countless weekends in the woods with his boys.  He recalled one Saturday morning around 5:30 AM when the boys were gathering at his house to go on a cam...

November 6, 2019

PREACHING IN THE DARKNESS

    The great African-American preacher, Gardner C. Taylor, recounts a story from his days as a rookie minister in Baton Rouge.  In that Depression-ravaged era, he was in the middle of a sermon one Sunday evening when suddenly the electricity i...

November 5, 2019

REAL POWER

    Paul Anderson of Tekoa, Georgia is the only American ever to have won a gold medal in Olympic weight-lifting.  Paul is a dedicated Christian who has founded three homes for orphaned children.  He often visits churches, putting on demonstrations of power l...

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November 15, 2019

WOULD YOU LOVE HIM?

    Some years ago Billy Graham was interviewed by Hugh Downs on the 20/20 television program.  The conversation turned to the subject of homosexuality.  Downs asked Graham, “If you had a homosexual child, would you love him?”  Without hesitation Graham replied gently, “Why I would love that one even more.”

    So like the love of God!  God always loves that child most who faces the g...

November 14, 2019

THE BEST INHERITANCE

    The great Revolutionary patriot Patrick Henry is most noted for having said, “Give me liberty or give me death.”  But perhaps his wisest statement was his very last one.  It came at the end of his last will and testament.  He wrote, “I have now disposed of all my property to my family.  There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian faith.  If they have that, and I had not g...

November 13, 2019

PATHS THAT LEAD NOWHERE

    There is a Hassidic story about a man who went for a walk in the forest and got lost.  He wandered around for hours, unable to find his way back to town.  He followed one dead-end path after another.  Finally he met another man walking in the forest.  He cried out, “Thank goodness for another human being!  Can you show me the way back to town?”  The other man replied, “No, I’m lost too.  But we can h...

November 12, 2019

THEIR EARS WERE SAVED

    A Japanese legend says that a pious Buddhist monk died and went to heaven.  He was taken on a sight-seeing tour of his new home.  Everything was beautiful, just as he had imagined, until he and his guide came to a large room that looked like a merchant’s shop.  Lining the walls were shelves on which were piled and labeled what looked like mushrooms.  On closer examination he saw that these objects were...

November 11, 2019

NO REGRETS

    In 1904 William Borden, heir to the Borden Dairy estate, graduated from a Chicago high school as a millionaire.  His parents gave him a trip around the world.   Traveling through Asia, the Middle East, and Europe gave Borden a burden for the world’s hurting people.  Writing home, he said, “I’m going to give my life as a Christian missionary on the foreign mission field.”  When he made that decision he wrote in th...

November 8, 2019

DO ALL THINGS REALLY WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD?

    Elmer Growmeyer, a Methodist layman in Memphis, told me about his father who had run a retail business in Louisville.  One day he came back from lunch to find his place of business on fire.  He stood out in the street, wringing his hands, as the firemen fought the fire.  His pastor stopped by, tapped him on the shoulder, and said, “Romans 8:28.”  Mr. Growmeyer knew that verse—“Al...

November 7, 2019

A MATTER OF PRIORITIES

    A judge in Memphis was involved in the Boy Scout organization for over 25 years.  He spent countless weekends in the woods with his boys.  He recalled one Saturday morning around 5:30 AM when the boys were gathering at his house to go on a camping trip.  One of the boy’s fathers, a physician, said: “Judge, I sure wish I could go with you one weekend and help out with the boys.”  The judge replied, “Yo...

November 6, 2019

PREACHING IN THE DARKNESS

    The great African-American preacher, Gardner C. Taylor, recounts a story from his days as a rookie minister in Baton Rouge.  In that Depression-ravaged era, he was in the middle of a sermon one Sunday evening when suddenly the electricity in his small church building flickered out.  Encased in darkness the young Taylor stood motionless, not knowing what to do or say.  Suddenly, an elder deacon yell...

November 5, 2019

REAL POWER

    Paul Anderson of Tekoa, Georgia is the only American ever to have won a gold medal in Olympic weight-lifting.  Paul is a dedicated Christian who has founded three homes for orphaned children.  He often visits churches, putting on demonstrations of power lifting and witnessing for Christ.  I watched Paul lift a wooden platform with ten grown men on it.

    Afterward Paul said to the congreg...

November 4, 2019

OUR AWESOME POTENTIAL

    Michelangelo’s “David” can be viewed in the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy.   This statue, over 17 feet tall, is the world’s most perfect rendering of a man.  It shows us King David in his youth, going forth to meet the giant Goliath on the field of battle.  The marble from which this masterpiece was sculpted had actually been used before.  The Italian sculptor Agostino d’Antonio had worked di...

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