Root Causes

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Economics, General Rant, Main, Pop Culture, Society at Large | 0 comments

Have you noticed that corruption and decay touch our lives constantly? I see problems in society and culture, across a variety of communities and in every strata of our existence. But do we know the root causes? When my kids act up, I always ask them a simple question. “What was the problem here?” No matter what the answer, “I yelled at my sister,” or “I didn’t take out the trash,” or “I...

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Communism, Facism, and Christianity

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Economics, Leading the Church, Main, Pop Culture, US Politics | 0 comments

Recently, I spent the day with a friend who would probably like nothing better than to exhume Hitler‘s dead body and raise it from the dead just so he could kill him again. Same goes for Stalin and a few other evil world leaders. We had a great conversation about the differences between fascism and communism and why both are hated in this country. I spent much of the morning cringing at his vehemence. It’s not that I don’t...

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Time to Stop Apologizing for Being from Tennessee

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Economics, Main, Pop Culture, Society at Large, US Politics | 13 comments

Stacy Campfield recently entered a bill for consideration in the Tennessee General Assembly. Campfield is a senator from eastern Tennessee known for legislation that attracts the ire of late-night comedians and satirists across the country. As a native Tennessean, I’ve apologized, on occasion, for the perception that we’re all backwoods Neanderthals. That perception often results from negative publicity generated by poorly thought out...

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It Takes More than Counting the Sheep to Really Wake Up the Church

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Blogroll, Economics, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism | 0 comments

The  Rev. Jeremy  Smith  at HackingChristianity.net has discovered a method of providing narrative, subjective information to flesh out the cold hard data of Vital Congregations. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? But it most definitely is something big. Something wonderful, even. For the past year, there’s been a great deal of buzz on the interwebs and throughout the United Methodist denominational structure. The buzz has centered...

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The Kingdom of Heaven is like…

Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in Economics, General Rant, Leading the Local Congregation, Pop Culture | 0 comments

West Tennessee and Western Kentucky are suffering from one of the worst droughts in recent memory.  Crops are dying. That means farmers are watching a year’s salary literally burn up. People are falling victim to heat stroke. Yards are going from green to brown to “dirt” in some places. As of June 25, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, was 15.38 inches of precipitation below normal for the year, Paducah, Kentucky was 13.01 inches...

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Change the World

Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 in Announcements, Economics, General Rant, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Pop Culture, Society at Large | 0 comments

What if one weekend all around the world, 11 million United Methodists focused on finding sustainable solutions to fighting malaria? A few years ago, Rev. Mike Slaughter began to lead his congregation in an effort to make a difference in their community. Oddly, there’s not much malaria in Pennsylvania where Mike pastors. Mike leads the congregation at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church. But there are some folks living together in...

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