November 4th, 2017 In a few words… - I am a South Texas boy, born and raised. I grew up around firearms and learned how and how not to use them. I grew up in a culture that saw owning a firearm as important as being able to go to church. That being said I understand how difficult the discussion can be around people who have been raised in a similar culture. To take away their right to own a firearm or even limit it would be as significant as telling me that you were going to take away my religious rights or limit them. As I sit here in my office I share this post while looking at a piece of history hanging on my wall. It is a replica of the Read More
October 30th, 2017 In a few words… - As we say goodbye to October and hello to November this week I wanted to remind all of us about what thanksgiving is. Not the holiday of Thanksgiving, but the word thanksgiving. The word thanksgiving is defined as the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, especially to God. It is not intended to be just a day that we celebrate on the last Thursday in November, but a way of being. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be the pastor here at Cornerstone and I want to show that. I also want Cornerstone to be a church that is thankful for the opportunities of ministry we have. So how do we become a church that displays thanksgiving in our lives? Well the Read More
October 23, 2017 In a few words… - The Astros being back in the World Series has been an exciting experience for me so far. I have been a fan of the Astros for way longer that I can remember. Do you need proof? Well here is a photo of me at the age of 3, circa 1983. My memories of being an Astros fan go back to the many many summers, weekends, and vacations I would spend with my grandparents, Bill and Bobby Knox. They were easily the biggest Astros fans I have ever met. I can close my eyes to this day and still hear the foggy buzzing of the AM radio and Milo Hamilton's voice (Astro's Broadcaster 1987-2012) calling the game. My grandparents earnestly listened to, watched and followed the Read More
October 9th, 2017 In a few words… - This week I want to share with you 3 things I have learned about Cornerstone UMC in my 3 months of being your pastor. Of course there are more than 3 things, but these things are significant and what I believe will be crucial to remember as we bring the Kingdom of God here and now at Cornerstone! Cornerstone Members have grit! Grit has become a hot word today for use in the education system, but I remember this word from one of my favorite movies, True Grit with John Wayne. A favorite line of mine from that movie is when Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne) tells Mattie Ross, "Baby Sister, I was born game and I intend to go out that way."  John Wayne's character may have come Read More
October 2nd, 2017 In a few words… - Why should anyone become a member of a church? What purpose does it serve? When we think of memberships, we might think about membership to a Sam's Club, LA Fitness, or even a country club. Membership in this case usually means that we have paid dues in order to receive certain privileges. Is this the same for the church? Absolutely not! In the church it is not about privilege, but responsibility. Hopefully I haven't scared you away with that word, "responsibility". We have enough responsibilities in the world with our job, family, school, etc. Why on earth would we want to add another responsibility? Well let me tell you why. Church Membership is Biblical The Bible teaches about covenant community. The Apostle Paul in a Read More
September 25th, 2017 In a few words… - What makes a person a disciple? Is it church membership? Is it a decision we made at one time in our life? Is the definition of a disciple related to the constant struggle we have trying to adhere to the will of God? What is it? A disciple in the Christian context is by definition someone who is a follower of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 16:24, Jesus says, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." There are two parts to Christ's directions: (1) a disciple is someone who does certain things and (2) someone who understands certain things. What we do as a disciple of Jesus Christ is that we deny ourselves, take up our crosses, Read More
September 11th, 2017 In a few words… - This week we remembered the terror attacks that took place on September 11th, 2001. It is hard for me to believe that it has been 16 years since. A lot has changed since then, yet so much has not. The same people that committed these atrocious acts still exist in this world and we still fear another event like this happening again. On Facebook and other social media threads I have noticed a trend concerning the events of 9/11. Many people are sharing stories about where they were on that day. It is amazing to read their stories, yet it has also provided me with an insight to the on going conflicts in our world. The insight I have had is that we (as in Read More
September 4th, 2017 In a few words… - This past weekend we redecorated my oldest son's bedroom. He recently turned 11 and his room has had the same paint since he was about a year old. When we ventured into this change I don't know if I was really sure all the work that would go into it. I was thinking that we would change some paint and hang a few posters, but it ended up being more work than I thought it was going to be. We are almost done. As of today we have a few more things to hang and we are waiting for the matching curtains to come in the mail. The question that has come to my mind several times is "was this worth it"? I am not Read More
August 28th, 2017 In a few words… - Ok so I am writing this on August 30th and not August 28th, the primary reason for this is that there have been a lot of issues going through my mind with recent events. These events have me thinking about how should we respond and how as disciples of Christ do we do so in a manner reflecting Christ. Let me tell you a little bit more about my experiences this week thus far. This weekend I spent much of my time worrying over friends and family I have along the Gulf coast. I watched as the storm (Hurricane Harvey) struck Rockport and surrounding areas, then I watched as it moved ashore and flooded the Houston area. On Sunday I delivered a sermon about rediscovering Read More
August 21st, 2017 In a few words… - Did you witness today's solar eclipse? Michelle and I didn't, thats because without thinking we had prepurchased tickets to a movie that day since our boys were going back to school. We thought about skipping the movie to witness the partial solar eclipse, but decided that spending the time together at the movie and lunch was more important. We had also noticed that in April 2024 the Dallas/Fort Worth area would be witnessing a total solar eclipse rather than a partial one like we did today. As we discussed that we thought about what life would be like in less than 7 years. Our oldest son Connor would be in his senior year of high school and our youngest would in the 6th grade. Where Read More