Showing posts from January, 2015

Invitation to Psalms

Last week I mentioned our Sunday night Bible study decided to drop Covenant and move to a 10-week study of Psalms. If you initially signed on for that class, and there were close to 30 of you, Jerry Butler has gone ahead and signed you up for Psalms. If you don't wish to take the class, that's cool, we have the stats! Ha!

Anyway, others are welcome to study Psalms too: register here. Materials are free and can be picked up Sunday morning or by calling the church office next week. You can find me Sunday in worship at 9:00 and teaching downstairs in B5 at 10:30. Here's the schedule:

Invitation to Psalms (10 weeks)
February 8-April 26
Sundays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Childcare is available.
February 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8, 22, 29
April 12, 19, 26


If you are wanting a new short-term Bible study and Sunday nights do not work for you, join me for The Death of the Messiah, a Lenten Bible study: Wednesdays, 7:15-8:45 p.m., beginning February 18. The registration link can be found here (y…

Moving on from Covenant Bible Study

Note: I plan to share this post with the editors of Covenant. I have sent an email on the Covenant Bible Study website asking for contact information.

Last spring I heard of a new 24-week Bible study course called Covenant. As a Bible study leader I am always looking for new offerings, especially since Disciple Bible Study stopped producing
new materials. Covenant was introduced in a few random test market churches and the feedback was positive. I read a couple of sample lessons online and viewed some of the companion videos. The
videos, in particular, were impressive. I attended a training event for prospective Covenant leaders and began encouraging folk who had taken Bible studies with me before to sign up. I love the metaphor of the one table featured in every location where the videos were shot. And then two nights ago, ten weeks into the 24 week study, our class decided to quit Covenant and go to something else.

Before the class began I started feeling pangs in my gut telling me …

Death of the Messiah Bible Study for Lent

Join me @CusterRoadUMC during #Lent for a special study on Wednesday nights. Register here:— frankdrenner (@revfrankdrenner) January 13, 2015

Seven (Brief) Movie Reviews

Christy and I take a mini-vacation to Houston without kiddos every year between Christmas and New Year's. One of the hallmarks of that trip is catching up on movies-- some of which have some Oscar buzz to them (nominations will be released Thursday January 15). This year on our weekend the two of us saw four movies together, I went solo for one, and then we accompanied my mom and her six grandsons for two more. So between December 27 and the 30th I saw seven movies. By the end of it I was about as fried as a movie lover can be. And we were unable to see Oscar contenders like Selmaor American Sniperor Inherent Vice due to the maddening Hollywood practice of releasing January movies in late December in "select markets" for award consideration. I'll knock those out this weekend as the boyos return to Bay City for an MLK weekend with their cousins. For everyone who kept up with the endless Facebook check-ins at cinemas in and around Houston, here, in no particular order,…

Follow the Star!

This sermon was preached January 4, 2015, at Custer Road. You will find links to the TED talks, the Atlantic article, and the story of Officer William Stacy and Helen Johnson within the sermon text.
Some of you who are more on the Grinch side of the Christmas personality scale may have been disappointed because the Christmas decorations are still up at church and we sand The First Noel as an opening hymn. You’ve had your own decorations stored away for a week now, your tree is by the sidewalk waiting to be recycled, and you are ready to call your homeowner’s association because your neighbors still have their lights up. Well, you’ve obviously never heard the song The Twelve Days of Christmas. The Season of Christmas lasts 12 days—December 25 to January 6—so you need to redecorate your house for a couple more days! January 6, Tuesday, is the day of Epiphany, which we will observe today in worship. We are commemorating the visit of the wise men to the infant Jesus.
Isaiah 60:1-6 foretold …