How to Be Prolific Online in a Couple of Hours a Week

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Blogroll, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Pop Culture, Sermons, Society at Large | 2 comments

Folks who follow me on Facebook and Twitter might have noticed that I seem to have two voices. The reason for that is simple: I do. They are closely related, mostly because they are both me. And I don’t like to divide myself into “Pastor Joey” and “Just Plain Joey.”  But it is impossible to “wear the collar” all the time. So I post fun things about the things that interest me, pictures of family, and...

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Trayvon Martin – Twice Victimized

Posted by on Mar 24, 2012 in Blogroll, General Rant, Main, Society at Large, US Politics | 6 comments

Trayvon Martin’s death has been called a tragedy. It has been called a murder. It has been called justifiable homicide. His killer, George Zimmerman, has been called a murderer, a racist, and a vigilante. The silence from white evangelicals has been deafening. The clamor from the african-american community has been building to a roar. Bloggers like Drew Hart are rightly asking, “Where are the protests from white religious leaders...

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Separation of Separation of Church and State

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in General Rant, Pop Culture, Society at Large, Uncategorized, US Politics | 0 comments

No, it’s not a mistake. The title reads, “The Separation of the Separation of Church and State.” People have been harping for years that we need to keep the State out of the Church and the Church out of the State. And they are mostly right. But many of them are only half right. You see, the phrase doesn’t mean what some think it means. Common Definition of  Separation of Church and State: “You are free to believe...

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Major Questions at the Heart of Call to Action

Posted by on Mar 10, 2012 in Blogroll, General Rant, Leading the Church, Main, Methodism, Society at Large, Uncategorized, US Politics | 0 comments

The United Methodist Call To Action has created a variety of responses and questions across the United Methodist Church. The debate has created some very healthy conversations in the local church and has opened the door for broader conversations at the regional level. At the Memphis Conference Spiritual Growth Retreat, Bishop Ben Chamness offered some leadership on the matter, drawing clergy into a conversation that some of them were not even...

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