Bishop's Corner

Feeling out of place Part 1

"And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, ‘Who is this?’"—Matthew 21:10 (Part 1 in a series) By BISHOP ROBERT E. HAYES JR. One of the things I’ve enjoyed most in my 36 years as a United Methodist minister has been watching the growth of the children and young people I’ve had the privilege of pastoring. It is so gratifying when, in adulthood, some tell me about my influence in their lives, about the difference my ministry made in helping them make good choices in...

Feeling out of place Part II

"And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying: Who is this?"–Matthew 21:10 (Part 2) By Bishop ROBERT E. HAYES JR. At the close of Part 1, I had just exited a wedding reception where no one knew me. That feeling of rejection and isolation brought to my mind the ultimate incident of confused identity that occurred when Jesus rode into Jerusalem, on a day we now celebrate as Palm Sunday. Even though Jesus had been in their midst for three years—preaching, teaching, healing ...

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