December 13, 2017
There are some things in which age and perspective provide a distinct advantage…..faith, hope, and love are among them. If one is spiritually inclined toward a biblical worldview one can always rest in the assurance that “it all ends well”, maybe not in the troubles of all the world in one’s own lifetime, but across the ages and in the end, God’s will is going to be done. And it will be good. And even in one’s own lifetime, if one is faithful in trusting and committing her life to... read more»
December 1, 2017
December 2, 2017
For my Sister and Brothers,
Our Daddy, James Henry (“Hilly”) Boyd valued hard work. He also valued earning one’s own way and saving money. He was a keen advocate for the accumulation of the financial resources over time. He enjoyed stock analysis and investing. He enjoyed his friendship with Mr. John Watts, an older gentleman who was knowledgeable about stocks and investing and he wanted his children to understand and participate in saving and investing. Daddy also... read more»
December 1, 2017
The “you uncover me and I’ll uncover you” and “you protect me and I’ll protect you” ethic being threatened by John Conyers that is referenced in this article is a classic example of the self- interest based ethic of our culture at its very worst. The women I have dealt with coming from the streets of Panama City and elsewhere have the very same self-interest based ethical system. It is endemic in our culture. It leads to a people-using mentality….and to... read more»
November 25, 2017
A friend of mine is having an Epiphany party on January 6th, the day that Christendom celebrates the arrival of the wise men of the East at Bethlehem to worship the newborn King, the Incarnate God, Jesus Christ. She asked me to prepare a devotional on the three gifts that she could share. Those coming to the party will bring a gifts that will be presented to Titus 2 Partnership, Inc.’s women’s life recovery ministry. It is her hope that reflecting on the gifts of the wise... read more»
November 23, 2017
What we can learn about prayer from Jesus’ statements on prayer……and from his example.
1.) Prayer is expected of believers. Jesus prefaced his instruction on prayer with the words “When you pray…”, not “If you pray…”
2.) Matthew 6:5- Do not pray in order to impress others in public venues.
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received... read more»
November 23, 2017
Hard word: Telling someone that their prayers for discernment are pointless if they are not committed to spending time in the Word of God connecting with the touchstone of truth and instead are thinking that such wisdom is going to just arise out of their own reason and experience because they have professed faith in Jesus Christ and are content to listen to someone else talk about truth. We live in too relativistic a culture to trust someone else’s interpretation of truth. Go to the... read more»
November 18, 2017
Some people have jobs in which they do the same thing well again and again. I have generally been surprised by the variety and unexpected nature of daily activities that I encounter, but one thing has become more and more consistent…..the concept of boundaries as a daily task that has to be modeled, taught, and reinforced with women with whom we work at Titus 2. Coming from the kind of chaotic, unstructured, relationally deficient, and self-interest based lifestyle in which most of... read more»
November 13, 2017
The Committee on the Way Forward, appointed by the Council of Bishops of The UMC has made its first report to the COB. It outlines 3 possible models:
Leave the Discipline as it is with an emphasis on accountability.
Change the Discipline to allow full inclusion of LGBTQ individuals while protecting the rights of those who object to same sex marriage and ordinations.
Both of these models are likely to result in denominational divisions in which dissenting churches will be given a graceful way to... read more»