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.

The Tribe of Everybody Else

A Message To White America “Let me put it this way, there were a number of folks who got up on the floor and gave the same speech, you know that night…while there was a crime scene investigation and a dead woman’s blood drying just a few feet outside the door….they were giving the same speech that was written that morning…maybe a throw-away line about condemning political violence…but I mean, just the dissonance…it was just staggering.”— Rep. Peter Meijer (R) of ... Read More »

When “Public Service” Gets Crushed

Everybody is haunted by the images of this week.The Nazi shirts…the Confederate flag…the man with zip ties in military gear…the wild-eyed looks of these insurrectionists. But I’ve been deeply stirred by two images.One, of this Capitol police officer being crushed.The other, of Representative Andy Kim cleaning up the trash. I know that this is a hard year to defend police in any way. I know…there are deep questions to be asked about the Capitol Police. (As somebody who once myself was arrested ... Read More »

Choose wisely

If you are a Trump supporter who condemns yesterday’s insurrection against the United States, if you believe yourself to be a Christian or a decent person, today is a day to forever take down your Trump flags and put away your MAGA hats. Whatever you believe these symbols mean, or *want* them to mean, they are now forever linked to armed insurrection against the United States. That is what those symbols will forever now mean.So, unless your goal is to be ... Read More »

As We Go On

As We Go OnWords and Music: Eric Folkerth the turning of the yearthe turning of a pagelisten and you’ll hearall this restlessness and ragesadness in our eyeshearts still in griefwe say our goodbyeto the Orange-headed thief… as we go on…we go on…we go on…we go on… so nurse up your achesbut listen to that rageand follow your heartbreakfor all those children in a cagefind a forward roadbut keep the question whythe story we were toldof how thousands had to die… as we go on…we ... Read More »

Coffee on the Porch: 12/22/20

Conversation:We talk about “Love” and how our pandemic Christmas will be different. Eric unpacks the classic song “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as the perfect song of this season.Featured Songs:“Love is There,” by Grace Pettis.”O Little Town of Bethlehem,” by Phillips Brooks & Lewis Redner.”Silent Night,” by Joseph Mohr & Franz Gruber.”Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blaine. Powered by WPeMatico Read More »

Coffee On the Porch: 12/15/20

See Like a Hawk

We’ve had a small, juvenile hawk hanging around the house the past few weeks. It might explain the sudden disappearance of rats on our late-night security cameras. (That might also be due to the neighborhood cat that apparently likes to sleep on our front porch rocking chairs…) I snapped this picture of him/her this morning. I think you can make it out, through the trees. It also spurred a little conversation about hawks on Facebook…which got me thinking about this amazing picture ... Read More »

Music News: August 2020

Hi Friends,It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a music update. In this time of pandemic, there’s not a lot of live music happening out there. A few reminders of things I’m doing in the online world, to help keep us connected in this unusual time. New Website! First, my music website has a whole new look. You should check it out.New music. New pictures. New videos. And most of all, a slick new design. I’m really happy with it and  I hope you ... Read More »

White Privilege Illustrated: The HOLC Maps

Far too  many times, I hear White people say White Privilege is a myth or a creation of the Left. But there are ways to VISUALIZE it…to illustrate it…show show its pernicious effects beyond shadow of dout. Exhibit A: The HOLC Maps. This is a long blog. I can’t apologize for that, because you need to understand the history before we get to the punchline. The blog ends with a personal admissions, which move toward my goal in all of this: To invite White ... Read More »

Juneteenth and the “Power of Power”

Two thousand Federal troops. I keep coming back to that number. That’s the number of Union soldiers that accompanied General Gordon Granger into Galveston on the day Juneteenth was proclaimed in 1865. We White people barely understand Juneteenth to begin with, and what we do understand is often whitewashed. Yes, General Granger read that proclamation on the streets of Galveston, Texas. And, yes, that set off a celebration that is commemorated among African-Americans to this day. But, my dear White Siblings, I would invite you and ... 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?