Bishop's Corner

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 ...


Learn to depend on God

3/17/2017

Peter replied, "Remember, we have left everything to be your followers! What will we get?" (Matthew 19:27, CEV)BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN It is so easy to start bad habits. They can be formed instantly, it seems to me. If a risky action feels good, it can become routine after only one experience. But bad habits are counterproductive to healthy, happy, spiritual living. In contrast to the ease with which bad habits can be formed, research indicates that it takes about three weeks of daily practice ...


Traveling to the cross

2/24/2017

BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN He had thought it was empty. He had pointed it downward, but when he pulled the trigger, the kick raised the barrel. The gun fired a bullet. And his best friend lay on the bed bleeding heavily from a stomach wound. He later died on the operating table. That was when my phone rang. One of the young men in the youth group at my church had shot his best friend. Heartache, remorse, and pain poured from the boy and his family. How would this young man navigate this tragedy?...


Three-part harmony

2/10/2017

BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN Late one afternoon, I took a walk. Geese and ducks were settling into their resting areas when I disturbed their nightly ritual. Most of the ducks waddled away, and a few smaller birds took flight toward the water. But the Canada Geese did not want to yield. Two stubbornly stood their ground. The walking path took me between them and the water. But they were all honking at me, encouraging me to turn around. This was their territory. Then a third goose, the largest ...


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