Bishop's Corner

Breaking a habit

11/10/2017

Luckily for me, my wife does most of the shopping. But occasionally I must go myself. Recently I visited a few stores with numerous fragile items for sale. Leaving one of them, I discovered a life lesson. I noticed it as soon as I walked across the threshold of the store that had seemed filled with breakable things: My hands dug deep into my pockets. I realized I was repeating a reflexive action that I learned as a boy. In my childhood, the last thing my mother said as we entered a store was, “...


Paying it forward

10/20/2017

BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN Forgiveness is tricky business. While it is a basic concept in the faith, it is one often misunderstood. One time Peter asked Jesus how many times someone should forgive. Is seven times enough? No. Jesus told a story of a king who wished to settle accounts. He summoned a servant who owed a sum so large that it could never be repaid. Yet the servant asked the king to be patient with him and promised to repay the debt. Jesus said, “The master had compassion on that servant, ...


Something's Fishy

9/29/2017

BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN It had been a wonderful walk. One of the turns took me alongside the neighborhood bank. As I passed its drive-through service machines, I noticed something in leaves piled at a gutter in the road. Immediately I recognized it: money! And not just any amount of money. There lay a $100 bill.   The bank was closed, and no one was in sight, so I quickly bent down and plucked the bill from where it rested in the leaves. I stepped up my pace, celebrating throughout the rest of my ...


Choose faith over fear

9/8/2017

BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN It has been a year since I crossed the Red River and came to Oklahoma from northwest Texas. I quickly found that the greatest strength of the Church in Oklahoma is its people. It has been a joy to work with highly competent leaders, visit vibrant churches, and experience creative ministries that serve people beyond the local churches. I continue to witness how we care for each other and reach out to others in mission and service. In every encounter with the United ...


Ask, seek, knock

8/18/2017

BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN Sometimes it is so hard to pray. For the hard times, Jesus offers this wisdom in Luke 11:9: "Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you." The middle part of this insightful nugget says "seek, and you will find." Have you ever wondered why this is part of Jesus’ saying? If all we need to do is ask or knock, why should we also need to seek? Human beings are wired to take the more difficult path, especially when it ...


Sentenced to death?

7/28/2017

BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN Three sentences that can basically destroy you" was the title. The article continued, "When these utterances start to become commonplace around the office, it just might be the beginning of the end." The story originally appeared in Inc. Magazine and was reprinted in Time in 2014. The article presented three sentences about organizations that may indicate "you may be heading down a dead-end path." Reading the article, I asked myself if I had heard those sentences in ...


Thrown out by a curveball

7/7/2017

BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN The bishop recommends An enthusiastic reader, Bishop Jimmy Nunn suggests books he finds influential. Among titles he selected for the Cokesbury display at Annual Conference: “The Anatomy of Peace – resolving the heart of conflict,” “Jim & Casper Go to Church,” and “Back to Zero — the search to rediscover the Methodist movement.” Fred lay in his bed, nearing the end of his life, in 1939. He held a faded newspaper clipping from the Brooklyn Eagle. Fred read the article ...


Core question surpasses who-what-when-where for every Christian

5/19/2017

"Ask the Lord in charge of the harvest to send out workers to bring it in." (Matthew 9:38) BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN It is time to revisit our underlying assumptions and expectations as people of faith. Let’s begin with a one-word question: WHY? That seemingly simple question is the theme for Oklahoma’s Annual Conference. I hope each of you will be challenged by it to reflect on your personal reasons for being a Christian and a United Methodist. I put the question before all of us, not only the...


Foster hope in children

4/28/2017

BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN Many years ago, I discovered an affirmation from John Killinger’s book "Lost in Wonder, Love, and Praise." Reading it, I was filled with gratitude for my mother and thankful for the memories I have of both my grandmothers. I have consistently admired my wife as she has lived out her love for our children. Now my daughter is a new mother, and I have returned to that statement once again. I feel such deep gratitude for the mothers in my life. Killinger wrote: "I believe in ...


Dead leaves in springtime

4/7/2017

BY JIMMY NUNN There are varieties of trees that hold their leaves throughout the winter and early spring. The crusty, paper-thin, pale brown leaves maintain their grip in the same manner that old ways cling to us. But even those stubborn, dead leaves must give way to the new buds. In late spring, the emergence of new life in those trees is a parable of resurrection. Jesus’ lakeshore encounter with Peter is one of the Gospels’ stories about what happened after the resurrection. Peter had ...


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