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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“Haters Gonna Hate”

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Human Sexuality, Main, Methodism | 1 comment

I was conversing with a friend this afternoon. He related to me that he had been blasted by a fellow blogger for his opinions. I wryly commented, “Well, as the kids are so fond of saying these days, ‘Haters gonna hate.’ Which means, of course ‘We now routinely assign the emotion of hatred to those who disagree with us.'” And that’s a sad truth. In a recent sermon, I suggested that we practice valuing the...

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After the Protest…Where Are You?

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in General Rant, Human Sexuality, Leading the Church, Main, Methodism, Society at Large | 3 comments

I have a problem with protestors. Not all of them. But certainly some of them. I’ve been a protestor a few times in my life. As a disciple of Jesus, it is important to me to stand up for those who have no voice. That’s a lot of what Jesus was about. This week, we celebrated the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. There, the Rev’d. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his immortal words, “I...

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DOMA, SCOTUS, and You

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in General Rant, Main, Methodism, Society at Large, US Politics | 7 comments

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) declared unconstitutional sections of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). You likely have an opinion. I do, too. I’d like our opinions to meet, have coffee, and learn from each other. Here’s mine. The ruling of the Supreme Court makes perfect sense if you understand that the Constitution is the operative document. The ruling of the Supreme Court makes no sense if you think that...

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The Difference Between “Now” and “Then”

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism | 3 comments

Some things never change. There are still hot dogs at baseball games. There are still fish in Kentucky Lake. And there are still Methodists meeting on a yearly basis to talk business and make decisions. In the past two weeks, I’ve been to two Annual Conferences. And, at those sessions, I spoke with pastors and leaders of the Church at length. Something was different. In years past, Conference was a coming together of factions. Sounds...

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