What does a United Methodist Pastor know about Citizenship?

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Discipleship, General Rant, Society at Large, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

What does a United Methodist pastor know about citizenship? Not as much as I’d like. Here’s what I do know. God instructed his people to pray for the welfare of the city in which they live, even if they are captive, even if it is no longer “their city.” (Jeremiah 29:4-7) Over and over again, God’s people are told to pray for their nation. But what is a nation? Our nation is made up of states, but those are lines on...

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One Nation Under God

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Christian Beliefs, Discipleship, General Rant, Main, Society at Large, Theological Thinking, US Politics | 0 comments

I’m not a politician. But I keep up with public policy because policy is all about how we treat each other. For me, theology is the guideline for how we should treat each other. But in modern life, that’s not usually how people make decisions, even if they are religious. Secular life has taught us that the determination for our actions is most often given to us by market factors. Am I going to make money doing this? Is this going to...

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Elected and Inept

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in General Rant, Main | 1 comment

What do doctors and law makers have in common? When one is inept in either field, it’s a very bad thing. A friend of mine went in for a simple outpatient procedure. He was having a cyst removed from his arm. It’s no big deal, really, unless it’s your arm. He didn’t have a regular doctor, so he was going to a nearby clinic. The doctor seemed warm and professional. He asked a lot of questions and agreed that the cyst...

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Tolerating Intolerance?

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Christian Beliefs, General Rant, Human Sexuality, Main, Theological Thinking | 2 comments

Recently, Candler School of Theology announced that it would be honoring Dr. Eddie Fox, noted United Methodist evangelist and Candler alumnus. The story broke wide when students, faculty, alumni, and others protested the honor based on the fact that Dr. Fox disagreed theologically with the LGBT community at Candler on the issue of homosexuality. In recent years, no issue has been more divisive than human sexuality. In fact, I firmly believe...

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Fulfilling the Plans of a Dead Man: Remembering 9-11

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Discipleship, General Rant, Main, US Politics | 3 comments

Twelve years ago, I began my day by feeding my son while my wife went for a walk with some friends and neighbors. A poor parsonage family, we didn’t have cable back then. But we did have an arial antenna that picked up the local NBC affiliate. The Today Show was providing background noise. While my son finished his breakfast and my daughter was making sounds like she was finally waking up, I saw what I thought was a movie trailer. The...

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