Bishop's Corner

Three-part harmony


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


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


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


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


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 ...

Into the unknown


BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN It is difficult to walk into an unknown place. The challenge starts with finding a place to park. It is my first time to come. Questions crowd my mind. Where should I park? Are there marked or unmarked spots for people with special needs? What time does the program start? Is there a sign? What is the real start time, based on the number of cars in the lot? Sometimes there are very few cars and start time is only minutes away. Other times, all the choice spots are full. ...

Bookmark this


"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." (Psalm 119:105) BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN I simply had to finish. Every book had to be out of the box and on the shelf by the end of the day. Long after dusk, I felt a great deal of satisfaction. Twenty-five boxes of books had been unpacked and placed in order on the shelves in the study of the episcopal residence, in northwest Oklahoma City. As I sat admiring the results, I began to ask myself some questions. I wondered, "Exactly...

First words from Bishop Nunn


BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN I love beginnings. They are the bedrock of faith. The very first verse of the Bible opens with "In the beginning, God created…." The Gospel According to John echoes those first words by announcing a new revelation: "In the beginning was the Word…." Can anything be more exciting? Each new beginning is an opportunity to become all that God imagines we can be. And in the context of a new endeavor, we are sustained by a strength far more profound and powerful than ever could ...

You just never know


"Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers." (Hebrews 13:1-2a, NIV) By Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr. Just over a year ago, I joined other bishops and annual conferences’ leaders from across our jurisdiction at a meeting in Austin, Texas. We gathered to learn more about developing strategies and implementing goals to help The United Methodist Church reach a younger and more diverse population. Groups we label as Generation X (1965-1979), ...

The seed has been planted


"What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe — as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow." (1 Corinthians 3:5-7, NIV) BY BISHOP ROBERT HAYES JR. When Methodism was in its infancy, in the late 1780s in America, distinctive beliefs set the faith apart from most Christian ...

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