Commentary: Tear down the walls that separate us

During The United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops fall meeting our bishops from Germany testified about the jubilation and amazement felt when the Berlin Wall came down. People were able to move about freely from one side to the other. Not a single shot was fired. Humanity is well-acquainted with walls, not only physical walls […]

The arch of justice is long in Methodist Church

According to the Visitor’s Center at the “St. Louis Arch” National Park, this city has always been “the gateway to the west.” The earliest major trails that settlers used to travel to points west went through St. Louis, Missouri. This “Show-Me State” metropolis is also known for some strategic and historic court cases during the […]

Commentary: The gifts of God for the people of God

Let us make 2019 “The Year of Civility” I bid you grace and peace in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I celebrate with you this special time of the year: Advent, Christmas and the New Year: 2019. May your churches and homes be filled with peace. As we look to the Scriptures, I […]

COMMENTARY: Christmas story has troubling similarities to today’s world

Bishop Peggy Johnson by .

There is a horror movie out this Christmas known as “Krampus.” According to Wikipedia, “Krampus has its roots in Austro-Bavarian, German-speaking alpine folklore.” It is a horned, anthropomorphic figure who, during the Christmas season, brutally punishes children who have misbehaved. This movie is not on my holiday must-see list, as I don’t have the stomach […]