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, ...
Dale Durnell, from Dewey UMC to retirement, effective October 15, 2017.
Graeme Collett, Licensed Local Pastor, appointed at First UMC Broken Arrow, effective September 15, 2017. Erma Pregler, associate at Tulsa-Faith UMC, to retired, effective January 1, 2018. David Player. from Altus First UMC to Guymon Victory Memorial UMC, effective January 1, 2018. Jinx Barber, from Muskogee St. Paul UMC, associate, to Dewey UMC effective October 15th.
BY BISHOP JIMMY NUNN It had been a wonderful walk. One of the turns took me alongside the neighborhood bank. As I passed its drive-through service machines, I noticed something in leaves piled at a gutter in the road. Immediately I recognized it: money! And not just any amount of money. There lay a $100 bill. The bank was closed, and no one was in sight, so I quickly bent down and plucked the bill from where it rested in the leaves. I stepped up my pace, celebrating throughout the rest of my ...
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 ...
Gary Holdeman, from Guymon Victory Memorial UMC to Retired, effective September 1, 2017.