Creating Covenant Accountability

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Discipleship, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main | 0 comments

The hardest thing about creating covenant accountability is the decision to be accountable in the first place. This year, I’ve renewed my participation in a covenant discipleship group. I also continue to be in covenant with a group of leaders here at the church. My pastor, Dr. Richard Clark, is participating in covenant with my Bishop, Bill McAllily. In the next few weeks, the SPRC and I will hammer out our covenant for work together as...

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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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Remember Your Baptism and Embrace Your Healing

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Sermons | 0 comments

There’s a beautiful story that I heard not too long ago. The tale recounts the birth of a young man in a small village in Africa. The tribe varies in the telling, but the story is apocryphal, so it is to be expected. A young woman decides it is time to have a child. She begins the preparations not with the gathering of clothing or building a crib. She begins by going apart from her people to discover the song of this new life. She sits beneath...

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Before We Start to Blame

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Main, Society at Large, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

A child died today. He shot himself after a failed attempt to confront a teacher. He shot two other students before turning the gun on himself. And then, a nation was filled with the clamor of blame. “It was the guns.” “It was the NRA.” “It was the parents, not raising him right.” “It was the schools. No discipline. Where’s the prayer?” “It was Obama. It’s a Blue State.”...

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Why I Still Believe in the UMC

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism | 2 comments

While unpopular in some circles, there are still a great many reasons why I still believe in the UMC. Sure, there are some antiquated ideas in every organization, especially one that goes back a few years like ours does. Old habits die hard, even in the young leaders who are stepping into the gaps left by absentee Baby Boomers who don’t want to become the very embodiment of the authority they rejected in the  60’s and 70’s....

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Deciphering the Past and Decoding the Future

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Human Sexuality, Leading the Church, Main, Methodism, Theological Thinking | 1 comment

When the social order of our culture changes within a matter of years and not decades, the Church must deal with the difficulty of orthodoxy in a shifting paradigm. For many, this is a simple matter. Either you are part of the change or you are part of the barriers to that change, depending on your degree of liberalism or conservatism. But how you navigate change matters. We’ve not done a good job of moving forward to new things. Too...

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