Pastor's Blog

Hello! I am John Wesley and Welcome to my blog! I pray that in these articles, you will experience the love and peace and joy that comes from following Jesus! I would love connect with you. Feel free to email me at pastor@churchbuzz.org.

“Be the Dog On A Walk”

One of the most important life lessons Dennise and I have ever learned, we learned from our dog. The lesson is: “Be the Dog On a Walk.” We learned this lesson observing our dog, Daisy. And I should describe it by first describe the opposite… “Daisy in the yard…” When Daisy is in the * side yard,* and sees another dog pass by our front windows, on a leash… Or, when Daisy in the house, sitting inside the front windows, and sees the same… She ... Read More »

Be Here Now

I’ve got my Apple Watch set so that when I don’t have a calendar event, the phrase “Be Here Now” pops up on the calendar app. There aren’t many days when “Be Here Now” is the only thing on my schedule. But yesterday was one of those days. Today is too. Just about every minister you know —if you sat them down and shot them full of truth serum— would tell you that they are always worried about the “other” thing they ... Read More »

30 Years of Watching Divorce Court: Part 1

Heads up, Methodist friends. Pay attention to this news about SMU. What does this mean? Plain and simple, this is not a WCA plot. This IS an attempt by SMU to “protect its assets.” Pure and simple, that’s what this is. And nobody should be surprised by this. Nor should they be surprised that the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ) has pushed back, legally. What I’m here to suggest, however, if that pushing back legally MIGHT be a mistake. What SMU knows is that the future of the UMC ... Read More »

The New AGSV Bible Translation

Exciting news, friends! I’ve been given an advance copy of a new Bible translation, hitting the market soon. The translation is called the “American Government Standard Version.” (AGSV for short…) The AGSV is a new and carefully sourced translation from the original Hebrew and Greek texts, with one incredibly helpful addition. The texts are also redacted to fit the most current United States Federal immigration and migrant status policies. Friends, this is a monumental task. As you know, those very laws appear to ... Read More »

Let’s Help Jesus Not Throw Up

“If Jesus came back, and saw what’s going on in his name, he’d never stop throwing up.” — Woody Allen What am I supposed to do with the fact that, apparently, Robert Jeffress and Woody Allen agree with one another? Besides being men who —many believe— carry sexual secrets, what else do these two have in common? These questions have been boggling my mind all week. I mean, Jeffress is a Rightwing Fundamentalist preacher, and Allen is an agnostic Jewish comic. But they both apparently ... Read More »

Thoughts on Today’s #TrumpRally

I want to follow up on my prayer of a little earlier, and talk a bit about today. My prayer earlier was: Dear God, May everyone in our city be safe and may the day be violence free. Amen.#TrumpDallasRally For many of us in Dallas, given our history, we hold our breath any time any president visits our city. Every time. Today, I’m feeling the tension especially strongly. We know that in addition to all those attending the Trump Rally today, there is a contingent ... Read More »

Has Homosexual Always Been in the Bible?

In our Methodist tradition, we (wrongly) claim “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” The research behind this story tells us: That does not appear to be true. We are lying to ourselves about what historical Biblical teaching actually said. Before we get into it, and for those who are confused….there’s an old joke about a Catholic monk, buried deep in a library somewhere… He comes across a passage in an ancient Greek manuscript and screams loudly such that everyone comes ... Read More »

Forgiveness and Justice: Hearing Both of the Jean’s

Botham Jean’s brother, Brandt, offered a remarkable moment of forgiveness toward Amber Guyger today in the courtroom. But his Mother said deeply important things too. We must hear them both. Brandt offered forgiveness and an embrace to Amber Guyger. As DA John Creuzot said, almost nobody in the judicial system sees moments like that, ever. I have no doubt that it was heartfelt and sincere on his part. If he is going to move forward with his life, finding a way to ... Read More »

The Guyger Trial: First Day Thoughts

The murder trial of Amber Guyger is underway here in Dallas. For those of you outside the city, or not paying attention, sufficed to say our city is tense and anxious about the trial and upcoming verdict. Last Monday, I was at a meeting of about 40 clergy with Faith Forward Dallas. There was extended conversation about the upcoming trial. It would be fair to say that there was deep concern in the room about the ramifications of the verdict, whatever ... Read More »

“The Greater Empathy” Thoughts on Guyger Trial, Week One

What if our opinions on the Amber Guyger trial comes down to a question of “who do you feel empathy toward?” It may not come down to this. This may be a foolish question to ask. But the question keeps popping up in my head this week, as I’ve listened to the testimony…and especially as I listened to *her* testimony yesterday. I’m a pastor, first and foremost, so creating empathy and inviting us to be empathetic toward others, is a part of ... Read More »

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?