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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Bound

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Christian Beliefs, Discipleship, Main, Society at Large, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

In past posts, I’ve noted that the heart of sin is selfishness, while the heart of Christian discipleship (and that of many other world religions in their purest form) is selflessness. Selfishness is often thought of as retaining for oneself things that would be best shared with others. What can be more selfish than removing the free will of another person? What can be more violent than reducing another person’s liberty to the modes...

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Who Do We Think We Are?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Christian Beliefs, Leading the Church, Main, Pop Culture, Society at Large, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

Watching Bono‘s apology scroll across my screen has caused me to ask a question on behalf of the the church: Who do we think we are? This week, U2 frontman Bono apologized for the free album that was automatically uploaded to every iTunes account in the world. It’s like people don’t want the free awesomeness that is U2. Could it be that sometimes, people don’t want what we have to give? Actually, that’s exactly...

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The One Solution Out of Our Reach

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Society at Large, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

My blogfeed fills with solutions every morning, all from smart people. But no one seems to have an answer to the one solution out of our reach. What do you do when the efforts you are making stop working? What do you do when people don’t seem to want to do much of anything? Techniques The Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church, my home conference, pursues solutions with a great deal of zest. Ministry in varied locations evolved...

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The Power and the Purpose

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Christian Beliefs, Listening Prayer, Main, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

Most pastors I know are busy┬áchasing after better ways to lead a┬ácongregation, me included. I’m happy to report that I’ve rediscovered the power and the purpose of christian discipleship. And you probably already know exactly what it is and how it works. The problem is in being intentional about it. More about that later. Having looked at a dozen different ways to be a better leader (and that’s just counting the ones that bore...

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