Carrying the Cross
Bearing the Cross of Love

This walk in which we find ourselves as Christians is not an easy one, nor was it meant to be. We are told to take up our cross to follow Jesus. We are not told to take up this light and easy vacation, but rather a cross.

Let us be open to new things
Let us be open to new things

A certain man was troubled with dizzy spells, redness in his face and bulging eyes. Every day when he went to his office, he experienced these things. Weekends were not so bad, so he concluded his work was causing his physical discomfort.

Crossing Bridges for Peace

It all began with a campfire conversation in California nearly a decade ago. I was part of a retreat with the leadership of Philadelphia’s since-closed Cookman United Methodist Church in …

Jonathan Wesley Hall
Absence makes the heart grow fonder

“Enjoy life with your dearly loved spouse all the days of your pointless life that God gives you under the sun – all the days of your pointless life! – because that’s your part to play in this life and in your hard work under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 9:9 CEB

Jonathan Wesley Hall
Abundant Matters

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not harm, to give you a future with hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 …

Passing the state budget is a justice issue

By Rev. David W. Brown, Deacon For months now, many of us throughout the state have been watching legislators in Harrisburg as they posture back and forth while negotiating a …

David Brown
“Serving amidst the papal frenzy”

When I was in seminary, I was one of those part-time students whose day job was spent writing jingles and ad campaigns in one of Philly’s ad agencies. I remember …