Thomas Dorsey: The Kind of Person We Become by Tim Richards

by: Larry Davies | September 22, 2015

Tim Richards is a writer, pastor and friend. He began writing for his local newspaper more than twenty years ago and has written for multiple newspapers since, including the St. Louis Post Dispatch. His weekly column presently appears in papers throughout his home state of Missouri as well as in Colorado and North Carolina. You […]

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Popeye and Spinach Theology – Conclusion

by: Larry Davies | September 19, 2015

When Popeye the Sailor needed help, there was always a can of spinach nearby to provide a supernatural fix. It’s tempting to think of God as the can of spinach, ready to provide answers. “Spinach Theology” is only good when a miracle follows. What happens if there is no miracle? Some people leave the church […]

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Popeye and Spinach Theology

by: Larry Davies | September 12, 2015

I grew up watching, Popeye the Sailor Man cartoons. Each episode usually centered on someone, namely Brutus messing with Popeye’s girl, Olive Oyl. Popeye would take the harassment for a while but the bad stuff kept piling on and he would get madder and madder until, at some point Popeye would cry out: “That’s all […]

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Tragedy at Smith Mountain Lake

by: Larry Davies | August 30, 2015

Smith Mountain Lake, near the Blue Ridge Mountains is on the southwest corner of the Lynchburg District of the United Methodist Church, my district. At least ten churches large and small from our district are part of the Smith Mountain Lake community. Danville and Roanoke Districts also have churches located in this scenic resort and […]

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Pornography: Hearing from a Victim

by: Larry Davies | August 20, 2015

Jared Fogle, famous as the weight-loss pitchman for Subway restaurants was recently convicted for buying and selling child pornography and soliciting sex with minors. Hundreds of other people, not so famous are regularly caught, convicted and jailed for sexual crimes. The stories are often front page news but what about the victims? Their stories are […]

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“God’s Invitation” Conclusion

by: Larry Davies | August 13, 2015

Last week we learned that God provides opportunities for us to be the church in a big way. Our response should be to say ‘yes’ to the invitation with faith knowing that serving God is more important than our occupation, our family or even our very lives. We say yes trusting God for answers, resources […]

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God’s Invitation

by: Larry Davies | August 6, 2015

Frequently, in meetings with other church leaders, I’m told: “There is little hope for our church to have any influence in our community much less the world. We are small and only getting smaller. We can hardly pay pastor much less help anyone else. We have few young people. No money to pay staff salaries. […]

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by: Larry Davies | August 1, 2015

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. — Romans 14:19 God promises that those who make peace will be blessed: “Blessed are the peacemakers.” (Matthew 5:9) But to make peace, a person must be at peace. A person who is filled with turmoil will inject that […]

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A Tale of Hospitality

by: Larry Davies | July 27, 2015

Mell (my wife) and I were attending a conference at a large hotel. The session ended early so we wandered through the lobby looking for a restaurant. At the entrance of one restaurant, the greeter said: “We’re closed now but should be open in 30 minutes.” “We were hoping to eat an early lunch.” I […]

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Fred Brown and Cooking

by: Larry Davies | July 27, 2015

Just before graduating high school, I secured a summer job at a local hotel to work in maintenance, which means, I cut grass. But two days before school ended, the hotel decided to hire someone else. I went home upset, almost in tears and swore: “I’m going job-hunting and not coming back until I get […]

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