We Have Got To Stop This

Anger, shock, disbelief, fear, heartbreak: these words best describe the primary emotions of those in and around Krum following the revelations last week concerning the arrest of a Krum teen. The arrest sprang an investigation of what experts determined to be arson. A home burned to the ground, pets suffered and were lost, possessions destroyed. No people were hurt, for which all are thankful. So, while a bundle of folks are leaping to judgments here, while rumors fly there, while the community polarizes and fear paralyzes, while lives are destroyed inch by inch, let us stop and talk about teens … Continue reading We Have Got To Stop This

We Are In This Together

Syria. Chemical Warfare. Innocent children and adults killed. Political instability. Denial. Blame. Egypt. Churches burnt. Religious oppression. Political instability. Worshippers killed. Anguish. Russia. Economic disaster. Growing coldness to the US. Persecuting gays and lesbians. Exodus. Sadness. North Korea. Gaining nuclear weaponry. Inexperienced leader. Needs to keep nation in crisis to hold power. Systematic, brutal suppression of disagreement. Powder-keg near an open flame. Fear. United States Barely “united” any more. Dems and Reps can’t/won’t sit at a table together. Public discourse informed by nastiness without civility. Growing divide between desperately poor and obscenely rich. Sounds like first century or third world … Continue reading We Are In This Together

Burned Into Our Minds

Two of the WWII veterans in my congregation reminded me that Wednesday, August 14, commemorates VJ Day, or Victory over Japan Day. Victory over Europe Day took place May 8, 1945, so on August 14, 1945, World War II officially ended. I’ve seen photographs of VJ celebrations, but can’t even begin to enter into the experience of joy and relief that must have arrived. And all alive that day remember where they were when they heard the news. Each generation has days like that; days irretrievably burned on our memories. For the baby-boomers the memory that went deepest, especially before … Continue reading Burned Into Our Minds

On Popes and Retirement

I doubt that there is anyone in this connected world who does not know by now that  Roman Catholic Pope Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, has announced his retirement as of February 28, 2013. Apparently, many of his closest aides were flummoxed and unprepared for this announcement.  And within moments, the cyberworld starts asking, “Is a new scandal concerning the Roman Catholic church starting to break?”  And, “How can the RC possibly function with two living Popes?” as though Ratzinger is not quite elderly and hardly physically robust, and has already said he will live out the rest … Continue reading On Popes and Retirement

The Touch of Healing

On an average day, what did you touch that someone else has already touched–or will touch after you? Consider a day at work or school.  If the entrance doesn’t have an electric eye and automatic opening device, then you touch the handle to open it.  If you go up or down stairs, you will probably at some point grab the handrail.  If you use an escalator, you will probably balance with the ever-rotating hand hold at some point.  Elevators mean you will punch the button to call the elevator and then punch the button to get to the desired floor. … Continue reading The Touch of Healing

Sanity Score

So what is health anyway?  If we can’t define it well, we can’t figure out if we have it.  Here’s a test to check your mental health:  http://www.sanityscore.com/ .  I took it and am considered pretty healthy mentally.  How nice of them.  But I’d sure like some good definitions of health, physical, mental, spiritual.  Give us a place to start. “A Pastor’s Thoughts” from First UMC, Krum, http://www.thekrumchurch.com Continue reading Sanity Score

Western Medicine and the Healing Process

How does a person get well?  What is healing?  Does God really heal miraculously?  How does western medicine cooperate with the healing process?  How does one maintain spiritual health when the body appears to be suffering from un-health? Perhaps an even better question:  what IS health anyway? I’ve got a lot of these questions racing through my mind after the last few months in particular of seeing many dear friends and relatives get hit hard by various illnesses, some absolutely life-threatening, others simply bringing misery and pain and some despair.  All of us who are United Methodist here in this … Continue reading Western Medicine and the Healing Process