Nov. 3rd, 2017 | Rev. Don Underwood On a Sunday morning many years ago, I arrived at the church bright and early. A few minutes later I greeted my associate as he walked in. The two of us went into the sanctuary and chatted casually about the worship service that was scheduled to begin in […]Read More..
Learning to Breathe Again
Oct. 6th, 2017 | Rev. Don Underwood I have a long-time friend who is learning to breathe again. Specifically, he is learning how to inhale. A very serious bout of West Nile Virus left his diaphragm and abdominal muscles weakened, and he is literally retraining them to do the job they had done effortlessly for […]Read More..
Oct. 27th, 2017 | Rev. Don Underwood It is a terrifying story, its mystery and power simply beyond the capacity of the human mind or imagination. Almost every person who dares to read the 22nd chapter of Genesis will be repelled by both of the primary actors in this story. What kind of God would […]Read More..
Sep. 1st, 2017 | Rev. Don Underwood The image is burned indelibly into my brain. It was early September, 2005, and I was standing on the parking lot outside of our newly constructed Sports & Rec Center. A bus pulled up, and people began to disembark. I had watched it all unfold on television: the […]Read More..
Sep. 21st, 2017 | Rev. Don Underwood There is a lot of cotton growing on the plains of north Texas this year. Driving north by way of the back roads provides views of our black dirt prairie land that are reminiscent of a bygone era, a time when “cotton was king.” This being a rather […]Read More..
Sep. 28th, 2017 | Rev. Don Underwood Magnanimous: 1.Generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: to be magnanimous toward one’s enemies. 2.High-minded; noble: a just and magnanimous ruler. 3.Proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.: a magnanimous gesture of forgiveness. (Dictionary.com) It is a beautiful word, one of the best in the English language. It evokes the virtues of generosity, kindness, big-heartedness. Several years ago I read Jon Meacham’s wonderful book, Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic […]Read More..
Sep. 14th, 2017 | Rev. Don Underwood “I am rethinking faith,” she said. “Can you recommend a church?” The call, made to a friend of mine, came from a young mother who has been a professing agnostic all her adult life. One of the under-reported stories of modern American culture is the number of people, […]Read More..
Pray Like Jesus– Now On Sale
Posted on: February 16th, 2017 The Lord’s Prayer is the most famous prayer in the world and is remarkably simple and brief. In only 70 words Jesus covers the breadth of the Christian message and experience. Most Christians already know it by heart and can easily recite it. In fact, that might be part of […]Read More..
Fatherhood– Ben Chamness
Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God. If you’ve been around the Methodist church a while, chances are you’ve heard those phrases. They are part of the teachings of John Wesley and reflect his approaches to faith and practicing Christianity. When I first heard that mantra, I was impressed by its directness […]Read More..
Angels– Mark Garica
I have guardian angels watching over me. We met for the first time when my family was selected to receive the first House on the Corner. I remember coming to the church to help build the house in the parking lot. I was only 6 when my mom, brother and I first moved into our […]Read More..