BY: BISHOP JIMMY NUNN- The 2018 Winter Olympics are here. I am convinced that television ratings are higher for these games because of the personal stories the reporters tell about the commitment, struggles, and dedication of the athletes. Most stories include an awakening, where an athlete realizes a love for a sport and resolves to excel in that sport. Their zeal drives them to train and practice long hours each day. They forsake everything else for the cause. Malcom Gladwell called such ...
Paul McDowell, from Freedom/Quinlan to medical leave, effective Feb. 1. Creighton Alexander, from Edmond-Acts 2 associate to not appointed, Jan. 28. Tom Combs-Francis, from not appointed to Kaw City, Jan. 15. Castulo Garcia, from Heavener-Faithbridge to not appointed, Jan. 15. Erma Pregler, from Tulsa-Faith associate to retired, Jan. 1. Dan Peil, retired, to Norman-Pathways Micro Community, Dec. 31, 2017.
BY JIMMY NUNN During the holiday break, I spent more time reflecting on my personal goals, looking inside myself to see where I am in relationship to where God wants me to be. I realized some things that I had thought important were merely passing interests. And I resolved to realign my living with what God desires that I do. I recommend you, too, practice sincere self-evaluation about your Christian journey. Where are you spiritually in your life? It was easy to deceive myself into thinking ...
Dan Peil, from Norman-Pathways Micro Community to retired, effective Dec. 31, 2017. Gary Holdeman, from Guymon to retired, Dec. 31. Aaron Finney, from Gerty to not appointed, Dec. 31. Dennis Yates, from Whitebead to discontinued, Dec. 31.
Al Potts- from Sallisaw First UMC to Retired, effective January 1, 2018. Jim Hollifield- from Wagoner First UMC to Sallisaw First UMC, effective February 15th, 2018. Gloria McGee-Denton- from Tulsa Asbury First UMC to Wagoner First UMC effective March 1st 2018.
BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN The opening words of the Christmas carol “Away in a Manger” lament the fact that the bed for newborn Jesus was a manger. He didn’t get to sleep in a crib. The sentiment offers a subtle judgment on Jesus’s parents. It suggests that, had we been there, we would have provided a crib, not a manger, for the birth of the Son of God. Have you ever thought about the message of the manger? Normally a manger is a place for animals to eat, not a spot for anyone to sleep. But ...
A priest named Zechariah was chosen to go into the temple to perform the religious duties at the altar. While he was there, an angel of God appeared to him. The angel told Zechariah that he and his wife, Elizabeth, would have a son. Zechariah did not listen. Instead, he asked an age-old question: How can I be sure of this? And he told the angel that was not plausible because of his and his wife’s ages. Zechariah was slow to listen and quick to question. He had questions because he was consumed...
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, “...
Heather Scherer, appointed to Tulsa-Faith UMC and Glenpool-Living Water UMC, effective January 1, 2018
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, ...