2002

Dr. J. Howard Olds, June 3, 1977

From the Files:

One of the real dangers of life is that we lose our souls in pursuit of our roles.  My friends who are bishops tell me one of the hazards of the office is that you lose your first name.  You are no longer Bob, Joe, Dick, Al, - you are Bishop.  While some like the sound of such titles others shiver at the loss of their identity.

I had a family in a church I served who liked to address me as "Preacher."  They had a two year old.  She couldn't get this whole preacher thing figured out so she began calling me "Creature."  "Here comes the Creature.  There goes the Creature.  Hello Creature."  While I appreciate being among the living creatures of the world, something a little more personal would have helped.

 

 

January 6, 2002

The Times of Our Lives

     When It's Time to Seek Direction

     Matthew 2:1-12 Text Document 


January 13, 2002

The Times of Our Lives

     When It's Time to Renew

     Matthew 3:13-17 Text Document 


January 20, 2002

The Times of Our Lives

     When It's Time to Reconcile

     Romans 12:9-21 Text Document 


January 27, 2002

The Times of Our Lives

     When It's Time For Forgiveness

     Matthew 18:21-35 Text Document 


February 3, 2002

The Times of Our Lives

     When It's Time to Unite

     1 Corinthians 1:10-17 Text Document 


February 17, 2002

Questions at the Crossroads of Faith

     Why Doesn't God Do Away With Evil?

     Matthew 4:1-11 Text Document 


February 24, 2002

Questions at the Crossroads of Faith

     How Can Jesus Save Me?

     John 3:14-21 Text Document 


March 3, 2002

Questions at the Crossroads of Faith

     Is There More Than One Way to Heaven?

     John 4:19-26 Text Document 


March 10, 2002

Questions at the Crossroads of Faith

     Why Do People Suffer?

     John 9:1-7 Text Document 


March 17, 2002

Questions at the Crossroads of Faith

     Will I Really Live Forever?

     John 11:18-27, 39-45 Text Document 


March 24, 2002

Questions at the Crossroads of Faith

     Does Prayer Make Any Difference?

     Matthew 26:36-46 Text Document 


March 28, 2002

     The Darkness Before the Dawn

     John 13:1-15, 34-35 Text Document


March 31, 2002

Soaring with Christ

     Soaring with Christ

     Matthew 28:1-8 Text Document 


April 7, 2002

Fulfill the Vision

     Praying Our Way Forward

     Matthew 7:7-12 Text Document 


April 14, 2002

Fulfill the Vision

     Fulfilling the Vision

     Acts 2:14-21 Text Document 


April 21, 2002

Fulfill the Vision

     Making Wise Investments

     Matthew 25:14-30 Text Document 


April 28, 2002

Fulfill the Vision

     Following the Footsteps of the Faithful

     Hebrews 11:1-13 Text Document 


May 5, 2002

Fulfill the Vision

     Building a Lasting Legacy

     Matthew 7:24-29 Text Document 


May 12, 2002

     Households of Faith

     2 Timothy 1:3-7 Text Document


May 19, 2002

     The Holy Spirit and You

     Acts 2:1-13 Text Document 


June 2, 2002

The Genesis Project

     Finding Our Place in All Creation

     Genesis 1:1, 26-31 Text Document 


June 9, 2002

The Genesis Project

     Building Boats That Float

     Genesis 6:9-22 Text Document 


June 16, 2002

The Genesis Project

     Hearing the Questions of Children

     Genesis 22:1-14 Text Document 


June 30, 2002

The Genesis Project

     Finding Answers to Family Feuds

     Genesis 25:21-34 Text Document 


July 7, 2002

The Genesis Project

     Climbing the Right Ladder

     Genesis 28:10-19a Text Document 


July 14, 2002

The Genesis Project

     Wrestling Alone at Night

     Genesis 32:22-30 Text Document 


July 28, 2002

The Genesis Project

     Dreaming Impossible Dreams

     Genesis 37:2-11 Text Document 


August 4, 2002

The Genesis Project

     Knowing When to Run

     Genesis 39:1-2, 6b-16 Text Document 


August 11, 2002

The Genesis Project

     Turning Evil Into Good

     Genesis 45:1-8a, 50:1 Text Document


August 18, 2002

The Ships of Faith

     An Invitation to Christian Discipleship

     Matthew 4:18-22 Text Document


August 25, 2002

The Ships of Faith

     Doing What Disciples Do

     John 15:12-17 Text Document 


September 1, 2002

The Ships of Faith

     The Difference Disciples Make

     Matthew 5:13-16 Text Document 


September 8, 2002

The Ships of Faith

     How to Triumph Over Terrorism

     Ehesians 6:10-18 Text Document


September 15, 2002

The Ships of Faith

     How to Make Heaven Our Home

     Philippians 3:17-21 Text Document 


September 22, 2002

The Ships of Faith

     Why Join A Church

     Acts 2:42-47 Text Document 


September 29, 2002

The Ships of Faith

     Why I Am a United Methodist

     1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-17 Text Document 


October 6, 2002

The Ships of Faith

     The Uniting Peace of Christ

     Ephesians 2:11-22 Text Document 


October 13, 2002

The Ships of Faith

     The Fellowship of Kindred Minds

     Philippians 1:1-11 Text Document 


October 27, 2002

The Ships of Faith

     Getting in S.H.A.P.E. for Ministry

     Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 Text Document 


November 3, 2002

The Ships of Faith

     Embracing an Endless Line of Servants

     1 Corinthians 3:5-23 Text Document


November 10, 2002

The Ships of Faith

     Deciding to Excel in Everything

     2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 11-12 Text Document 


November 17, 2002

The Ships of Faith

     Finding Our Place in All Creation

     Job 38:1-18 Text Document


November 24, 2002

     Praising God All Day Long

     Psalms 100 Text Document 


December 1, 2002

Expect a Miracle on Your Street

     Unexpected Invasions

     Isaiah 64:1-9 Text Document 


December 8, 2002

Expect a Miracle on Your Street

     Unlikely Restorations

     Psalms 85 Text Document


December 15, 2002

Expect a Miracle on Your Street

     Unusual Joy

     Psalms 126 Text Document 


December 22, 2002

Expect a Miracle on Your Street

     Impossible Possibilites

     Luke 1:26-38 Text Document 


December 24, 2002

The Time is Right

     The Time is Right

     Luke 2:1-7 Text Document