They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

Last week I watched the Michigan – Michigan State basketball game.  This year’s first meeting took place at Breslin Center.  The two teams will meet again at the Crisler Center later this season. As the players were warming up, the camera panned around the arena. The angle only showed the bottom third of the fans. … Continue Reading They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love

A Time for Giving

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

Each year, as I search for the perfect Christmas gifts I think back to when I first began shopping.  Growing up, one of the major department stores in downtown Cleveland created a Christmas shop just for children.  My sister and I would take our savings, tied in a handkerchief, and attempt to find presents for… Continue Reading A Time for Giving

Making Things New Again

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

I am a film buff.  Growing up, I watched classic movies on weekday afternoons and late at night, when I should’ve been asleep.  When I have the opportunity I will watch films on Turner Classic Movies, to enjoy cinema from the silent era to the turn of the 21st century.  Over the years, the channel… Continue Reading Making Things New Again

I Am Inspired

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

As the District Superintendent, I have the privilege to attend worship services, online and in person, of the faith communities in the District.  This is also the season for Church Conferences in which I learn of the missions and ministries which are beginning or discovering new life, following our journey through COVID. I want to… Continue Reading I Am Inspired

We’ve Come This Far By Faith

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When I was a doctoral student, I enrolled in classes in Neuroscience in preparation for my dissertation. In the introductory course, each professor in the department shared their research and what they had discovered (or not) about the section of the brain they were studying.  My favorite lecture was from a scientist who was investigating… Continue Reading We’ve Come This Far By Faith

The Road We Travel

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Last Saturday morning, I was channel surfing, searching for a good movie to watch.  I somehow landed on the Motor Trend Network just before the start of the Le Mans Endurance race.  The commentators were excited for this annual race to be back in full force.  Over 150 drivers and at least eight teams of… Continue Reading The Road We Travel

An Offering and Investment

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

There are some conversations that as pastors we don’t always want to have.  Sometimes, what we do as Christians, how we respond to God’s call upon our lives, and how we are transformed and transforming others is just part of who we are as God’s messengers and servants. We may not want to talk about… Continue Reading An Offering and Investment

Instruction Manual Included

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

When I was a very young child, Lego building blocks were a novelty.  They came in a box with bunches of pieces that could be used to build whatever a child (or their parents) imagined.  There were a few pictures on the box, suggesting some possibilities, but that was about it.  The Legos were sorted… Continue Reading Instruction Manual Included

Jesus had a Reputation

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

One of the first sermons I preached was on the healing of the Centurion’s servant.  The miracle can be found in each of the Synoptic Gospels.  The authors of each Gospel do not disclose what the servant’s illness was, nor how many remedies had been tried.  Somehow, the Centurion heard about Jesus.  As people traveled… Continue Reading Jesus had a Reputation

Planting Seeds

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

I know that we are in the midst of Autumn.  Right now, raking leaves is a daily chore for me.  My next-door neighbor has two 60 foot maple trees in their yard, and they are just now beginning to drop their leaves. Soon, snow will begin in earnest.  Even though that’s true, I am already… Continue Reading Planting Seeds

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