church transition

Reflection on My Time at First UMC El Dorado

Last Sunday there was a farewell event for our family after the 11 a.m. worship service. It was a wonderful time – heartfelt thanks, earnest wishes, and blessings were shared from one to the other. I shared a few things to those that were there and share them with you here. Thumbnail Sketch If I […]

church communications ministry

Pros and Cons of Webcasting a Funeral

A few months ago, I read the article More families choose to have funerals webcast from USA Today. I commend the article to you and wanted some pros and cons of this practice from my point of view. Pros of Webcasting a Funeral Physically distant friends and family are able to see and hear Emotional closure for […]

changing lives communications

Online Memory of Life at 1000 Memories

What is an appropriate way to remember someone online after they have died? You find to be a useful tool to recommend to others. Here is a bit from their website: 1000Memories is a new way to remember the life of someone you love. We help you build a space to share photos, record stories, […]

faith question and response

Is Jesus’ resurrection true?

Jesus, the one who died, lives! Belief in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is one of the central beliefs of Christianity. Jesus resurrection is true and historical fact. Paul addresses this question in 1 Corinthians 15:12: “But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that […]

faith ministry

Jesus’ Pastoral Care (1 of 2)

What kind of pastoral care did Jesus provide? I was challenged to consider this question by a co-worker last week who used the story of Lazarus as an example. Here are the opening lines of this narrative from John 11, TNIV: 1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village […]


A Big Day

It has been a crazy day. Here’s the run down… Phone call from my dad letting me know that my grandmother on my mom’s side died early this morning. This was not unexpected, but that does not necessarily make it any easier. Funeral will likely be Monday or Tuesday in Plains, KS. Went to the […]


A Digital Legacy

For generations, a death in the family has brought many transitions – grieving, funeral arrangements, wills, estates, etc. Among these are the physical possessions of someone who has died. This is often the responsibility of the family or descendants to determine what is to be kept and what is to be sold or otherwise disposed […]