First United Methodist Church-Commerce http://ketr.org en Lent can be about taking up a personal challenge http://ketr.org/post/lent-can-be-about-taking-personal-challenge <p><a href="http://www.fumccommerce.org/">First United Methodist Church of Commerce</a> senior pastor Valarie Englert says a significant number of non-Christians observe the period of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/martin-poole-/giving-up-god-for-lent_b_5007139.html">Lent</a> leading up to Easter, which she says is not necessarily about giving up things that you enjoy; it can be about taking up a personal challenge.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 John Mark Dempsey 51325 at http://ketr.org Lent can be about taking up a personal challenge Heavenly best-sellers: Readers ask, 'Is this it?' http://ketr.org/post/heavenly-best-sellers-readers-ask-it <p>First United Methodist Church of Commerce senior pastor Valarie Englert discusses the popularity of recent best-sellers <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Proof-Heaven-Neurosurgeons-Journey-Afterlife/dp/1451695195/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1392945007&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Proof+of+Heaven">Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife&nbsp; </a>and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Heaven-Real-Little-Astounding-Story/dp/0849946158/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1392944702&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Little+boy+heaven">Heaven is for Real:&nbsp; A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip t Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 John Mark Dempsey 49726 at http://ketr.org Heavenly best-sellers: Readers ask, 'Is this it?' Englert: Commercialization of Christmas is not new http://ketr.org/post/englert-commercialization-christmas-not-new <p><a href="http://www.fumccommerce.org/">First United Methodist Church</a> of Commerce senior pastor Valarie Englert says we've heard complaints about the commercialization of Christmas for a very long time, and it's up to each of us to change our ways of observing Christmas if we want it to be different.&nbsp; Other holiday topics: Santa Claus and the "war on Christmas."</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 John Mark Dempsey 47046 at http://ketr.org Englert: Commercialization of Christmas is not new 'The rain falls on the just and the unjust' http://ketr.org/post/rain-falls-just-and-unjust <p>First United Methodist Church senior pastor Valarie Englert discusses issues of faith on the Blacklands Cafe.&nbsp; In this program, she gives her opinion on what not to say to someone who has suffered a tragedy.</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 John Mark Dempsey 45263 at http://ketr.org 'The rain falls on the just and the unjust'