Why Do You Have That Smudge?

The world behind me, the cross before me, The world behind me, the cross before me; The world behind me, the cross before me; No turning back, no turning back. The words of that great invitational hymn “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” run through my mind on this Ash Wednesday as I reflect upon

It’s More Than a Box of Chocolates

Won’t you be my Valentine?  I know!  Most likely your answer will be “no” because you already have or have had someone who better fits such a role within your life.  But, hey, it was worth a shot!  The reality is I am spoken for as you already know, but that question was upon my

Growing in Our Faith Tradition

Here we are at the beginning of a new year. It is hard to believe how this time last year I began a series of newsletter reflections emphasizing the mission of Little Rock OFWB Church. I hope by now you have a greater understanding and appreciation for who we are as a local congregation. We

A Place for Service (Part 2)

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 NRSV Throughout the witness of Scripture, Christian service is never a matter of “if,” but “when.”  The assumption is made (with a favorable response) that service is a

A Place for Service (Part 1)

“But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant…” Matthew 20:25-26 NRSV Be careful what you ask

A Place for Fellowship/Community

“Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47 NRSV It

A Place of Christian Nurture and Instruction (Part 3)

“Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12 NRSV “Make disciples and teach disciples.” Those were the words which surfaced from a lecture during my studies at Campbell University Divinity

A Place of Christian Nurture and Instruction (Part 2)

“You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well.” II Timothy 2:1-2 NRSV Lillie Alma Pilgreen.  Kathy McDonald.  Barry Williamson.  Pete Pilgreen.  Jim Shafer.  Earl Deal.  I