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.

Jesse Jackson Had It Right

I voted for Ronald Reagan twice to be president. The next time I could vote, I voted for Jesse Jackson. If I was to write the story of my spiritual, social, and political transformation in two short sentences, those two would be it. Those two sentences are the metaphor for a social transformation that continues inside of me, even to this day. This essay is the story of that journey. What follows is a winding tale that could very easily been seen as one ... Read More »

Kessler Park Welcome Video

What Do We Do With the Case of Francisco?

Dear White Friends, Can we talk again? I can’t shake the story of Francisco Erwin Galicia. He’s the 18-year-old American citizen that was detained for almost a month by Border Patrol and ICE. I can’t shake the story, because it play directly into a narrative that I have been preaching about for perhaps a decade now…that the *way* we treat immigrants, refugees —especially those from Central America— directly affects People of Color in our own country. Keeping children in cages, failing to provide them with ... Read More »

This is How Liberty Dies

I thought of a scene from “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” as I watched the Trump Political Rally in North Carolina last night. In the film, Senator Padme Amadala and Bail Organa are watching as Emperor Palpatine engineers an effective coup within the Senate. It’s met with cheers. And as she surveys the scene, she says, “So this is how liberty dies…with thunderous applause.” I thought about that, as a frothing crowd of mostly White North Carolinians began a chant of “Send ... Read More »

Realism, Not Cold Water

Realism, not cold water. That is my message to all my friends in Metho-nerd land today. For the past two weeks, we’ve had the breaking news of General Conference delegate elections from all across the country. It is fair to call it a “wave election,” toward the Moderate-Progressive side. It’s STUNNING in some places. My DMs are blowing up with “Did you see this?!!! Did you hear that?!” And, yes, it’s all AMAZING….AH-May-Zing. Let us pause and give thanks to God for this awakening of ... Read More »

An Historic Annual Conference

Let me provide a bit of context for the past few days in the North Texas Conference. It’s just my one perspective on what felt like an extraordinary few days. (So, take it or leave it…) First, the NTC ordained the first openly lesbian woman in the South. (Meaning: In any conference in the Southeastern or South Central part of the nation…) My dear friend, Jane Graner, who I have been honored to watch journey through this process, like the Jackie ... Read More »

An Open Letter to Reverend Robert Jeffress:

An Open Letter to Reverend Robert Jeffress: This morning, again I preached from one of the many passages where religious leaders try to trick Jesus with his words. (John 10: 22-30…It was the suggested “Lectionary” text for this Sunday, in my Methodist tradition…) Time and time again, as you are undoubtedly aware, this theme recurs in the Gospels of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Time and time again, Jesus Christ heals, teaches, and preaches. And time and time again, the religious leaders ... Read More »

Our Open Letter to the LGBTQ+ Community

Let me pause for a brief moment and reflect on this day when 177 of my clergy siblings here in North Texas have signed on to an open letter addressed to the LGBTQ community that appears in today’s Dallas Morning News. Let me tell you what I remember… I remember a “Day of Listening” in the mid 1990s, where our clergy came together to debate gay clergy among us. Only a very FEW dared speak in defense of gay clergy that day. ... Read More »

The Height of Hypocrisy

This week, the New York Times ran a story that proves corruption and cheating among African delegates to the recent General Conference of the United Methodist Church. The story promised follow-up stories to come. I hope they do follow up. Because there are a host of issues that have needed to be addressed for at least a decade now. These issues may or may not make any difference for the future of the United Methodist Church itself. In fact, as a ... Read More »

Our Sick Culture of Competition

Before we roast these college cheating scandal parents on the scapegoat-altar of our media culture… Before we throw too many self-righteous stones… And even before we get too high and mighty about the privileged and the wealthy and how they get special treatment (which is all true, of course)… We must turn a harsh light on our culture as a whole. We must acknowledge that our society has created a deeply sick culture of competition for our children, especially among the children 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?