Author: Ron Foster

The Way of Lectio Divina

This past Sunday we explored the practice of Lectio Divina or Sacred Reading in worship. I invited us all to “try out”this ancient way of engaging the Bible (or other sacred texts, for that matter) by walking through one of our lectionary texts of the day (II Corinthians 5:16-21) in four movements: Lectio (slow reading), Read More

What’s Your Sacred Pathway?

In week two of our Lenten series, “Finding Our Way Again,” we took a look at the unique ways that we are wired in our spiritual lives. We may travel the same path together following in the way of Jesus, but we do so in very individual ways. Some of us are drawn to liturgy Read More

Finding Our Way Again

I closed my sermon today with a reading from SPUMC member April Doss’ poignant blog posting about the ways we lock ourselves off from the grace of God while all the while God is ready and waiting to help us find our way back to the path. You can read her full posting here (and Read More

A Modern Day Pieta

Earlier this week, SPUMC member April Doss posted a moving piece about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and racial realities in 2016 on her blog. She begins like this: “The death toll this year has been a heart-wrenching one: Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Tamir Rice. A longer list of names goes on, but Read More

Christmas Afterglow

We have been lingering in Christmas the last two Sundays at SPUMC. On December 27th, our college students helped lead us through a series of readings (Scriptures & poetry) and we sang some of our favorite carols. Additionally, Rev. Ron sang a Christmas version of “Hallelujah” which he discovered a couple of years ago when Read More

Accidental Saints

On All Saints Sunday just a few days ago, as we celebrated the lives of loved ones we had lost in the past year, I preached about “Accidental Saints,” people who let the light of God show through their imperfect lives. The point I was trying to make is that while we ought to be Read More

Fabulous Five-0 Weekend: We Didn’t Start This Fire!

We had a rich and full weekend of celebration at SPUMC with former clergy, charter members, and lots of special guests making their way back to our church for a gala dinner on Saturday night and for a day of worship, feasting & frolicking fun (I might add that people demonstrated  way too much energy Read More

Love from the Center

This past Sunday, the Costa Rica VIM team shared their witness in church about their recent trip to Costa Rica Mission Projects. We had an amazing time serving at the Mission Center itself which will become a launching pad/host facility for other US volunteer teams as they work with churches and communities throughout southern Costa Read More

God Is Still Speaking,

Yesterday I preached about Peter’s unsettling and transforming vision at Joppa (Acts 10:9-48). This was a turning point for Peter (and the early Christian community) as he came to understand that the life-giving way of Jesus was not just for Jews only, but was also good news intended to include Gentiles, too. This required a Read More

You’re Such a Martyr!

In my sermon this past Sunday, I encouraged all of us to consider the ways that we use the word “martyr” in popular parlance. Usually, when we call someone a martyr, we are referring to someone who may come off as a bit melodramatic, willing to perform (some) responsibilities and even act in sacrificial ways Read More