The Wonder of a Name (December 8th, 2017) - Does your name have any special significance? I mean were you named after someone special or does it have a special meaning? I don't think that it is a common as it used to be. I have been working in the church for well over 15 years and I have heard many unique names that parents have given to their children and often when I ask why they named their child some special name like, "Jaxon with an x", they often tell me that their is no reason other than that it was unique. Well, that was until they enrolled their kid in our preschool program and found out that 5 other kids were named "Jaxon with an x" as well. Names in scripture had Read More
The Wonder of a Star (December 1st, 2017) - I have been watching the eyes of my youngest son light up as the Christmas decorations have been going up this year. At my house I have put up enough outside Christmas decorations to compete with Clark Griswold, but I haven't done this in the last 5 years. Why might you ask? Well my excuse for the last 5 years is that I have been busy. In 2012 I started seminary and every lateNovember through early December my time was occupied with final exams and term papers. After I graduated in 2015 I was preparing for interviews for the ordination process in the Methodist Church where the papers are due in early December. This year was the first year in a while that I didn't have Read More
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