Bishop's Corner

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 ...


Night at the movies

1/13/2017

BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN I read a New York Times article titled “Secular Hollywood Quietly Courts the Faithful,” by Brooks Barnes, in that paper’s Dec. 26 edition. It explored the news that movie theater attendance is slightly down from its 2009 high, even though the general U.S. population is growing. The article caught my attention because church attendance also is declining. I read it seeking what I might learn. The movie industry has identified changes in society and is pointing to them as ...


A Bedlam surprise

12/16/2016

BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN A ‌massive wave swept over much of ‌Oklahoma recently. It is ‌‌called "The Bedlam Series" and refers to the pandemonium that occurs when the two Big 12 universities in the state square off annually against one another in football. I spent some time thinking further about bedlam. It is an interesting word. It has been the name of a film and a few television shows. The word has been used as the title of at least two novels, a work of science fiction, and in comic books. ...


Advent calls for commitment

11/18/2016

BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN The word "Advent" literally means "coming." It marks the beginning of the Christian year and in 2016 is observed Nov. 26-Dec 24. Advent is one of the seasons of that year when I intentionally reflect on my life and journey with Jesus Christ. Note that spiritual reflection is more than simply checking a box on a list. I do not try to recount the number of times I worshipped, read the Bible, prayed, or sought to do a good deed. All these are important — but they are outward...


Gas station quandary

11/4/2016

BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN I anticipated with great joy the service of installation in the Oklahoma Conference. To meet the publishing deadline, I write this reflection prior to the service. But, based on the wonderful reception and welcome that you already have extended to Mary and me, I owe many expressions of thanks; they number more than I can recount. My gratitude goes to Asbury in Tulsa for hosting the event, to the worship planning team, those who participated in the service, and everyone ...


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