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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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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Book Review: A Jew Named Jesus by Rebekah Simon-Peter

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Book Review, Discipleship, Main, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

It wasn’t a shock to see “A Jew Named Jesus” as a book title. After all, I’ve been a pastor for several years. I’m also seminary-trained and I understand the history of the Bible.  But for this pastor, who has never been immersed in Jewish culture, this book was a phenomenally eye-opening experience. Rebekah Simon-Peter offers a distinct flavor that has been missing from Christian culture and provides an entry...

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The Secret to Turning Failure into Victory

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Discipleship, Main, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

Okay, it’s really not a secret. Everyone has heard of learning from our mistakes. But do you know the power of teaching from them? I can tell you this: It doesn’t happen much by accident. Let me boil it down for you. A mistake isn’t just a failure unless you leave it where it fell. If you learn from it, it is a lesson. If you use it to teach others, it becomes a victory. Now, that sounds  like a fortune cookie or a bit of...

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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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Pulling the Trigger: To Fire or Not to Fire on Syria?

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Christian Beliefs, Main, Society at Large, Theological Thinking, US Politics | 0 comments

I spent my free time this morning reviewing the transcript from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. Why would I do that? Because the conversation lasted more than 5 minutes, and that’s all you’ll get from the best of coverage from practically every news agency out there — unless you read the transcripts published online. I was compelled to do so because I heard a paradox in the presentation. President Obama says...

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