This is CONNECTION

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in General Rant, Leading the Church, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Sermons, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This morning, I am preparing for a meeting with two very enthusiastic folks about an event we are planning. Youth directors, pastors, and volunteers will be coming from all over the Benton County area to share ideas, trade tips, and express their vision for youth ministry in their churches. Our job is to provide the format and structure for the event. But the real treasures will arrive in the form of shared ideas. If you are a youth director...

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A Vision for the Future: Praxis (3/5)

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in General Rant, Leading the Church, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Pop Culture, Society at Large | 0 comments

For the past two weeks, I’ve been inspired to write about the United Methodist Church. A video from the General Board of Discipleship set the wheels in motion. In that video, a simple question was posed to key leaders in our denomination: “Where will the United Methodist Church be in 80 years?” Their answers pointed backward as well as forward. And their assertions focused on the notion of praxis, or the manner of being in the...

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The Wounded Healing the Wounded

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Sermons, Society at Large, Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of the most profound, yet confusing passages in the writings of the prophets is from the book of  Isaiah, chapter 53, verses 4-6. Isaiah 53:4-6 4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like...

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Grasping the Crux

Posted by on Apr 1, 2008 in Economics, General Rant, Pop Culture, Society at Large, US Politics | 0 comments

I recently re-read an article written by one of the greatest theologians of modernity. The article is entitled Our Secularized Civilization and the author is Reinhold Niebuhr. Its a little thick. And it is dated 1926. And since he never had a reality television show, Neibuhr is probably unknown to most of the people about which he writes. Nonetheless, the article remains one of the greatest assessments of the Church’s secular nature, and...

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