6 Things Christians Must Do to Be Effective

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Discipleship, Main, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

In the past ten years, more and more people have talked about what “The Church” must do in order to survive in coming years. There are videos about the Death Tsunami. There are blog posts about the impending doom of a marginalized “mainstream protestantism.” But that’s not at all important unless your goal is to preserve an institution. My bishop is much more concerned with how we focus on mission instead of...

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Surprise, More Eisegesis

Posted by on Mar 4, 2012 in Blogroll, General Rant, Leading the Church, Main, Methodism, Pop Culture, Sermons, Society at Large, Uncategorized, US Politics | 0 comments

Let’s get right to it:  I’d like you to consider an increasingly widespread problem of poor interpretation of Scripture. I refer to colleagues who seem to disregard Scripture when it disagrees with the modern culture. You see it more and more in our denomination, especially around the convening of General Conference. Every seminarian was once taught that Scripture is the shaper of culture and life, not the other way around....

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No Shortcuts

Posted by on Feb 26, 2012 in Blogroll, General Rant, Leading the Church, Main, Methodism, Pop Culture, Society at Large | 2 comments

Colleagues across the country will soon be heading to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. This body only meets every four years, and is the only structure of our denomination that can make changes to our doctrine or official stance on any issue. One of the stances that is usually put to consideration for repeal regards our position on the issues surrounding homosexuality. I have good friends who are actively seeking the...

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A Vision for the Future: Questions (4/5)

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in General Rant, Leading the Church, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Pop Culture, Sermons, Society at Large, Uncategorized, US Politics | 0 comments

Who are we? Where are we? What is the problem? What is the solution? These four questions round out the scholarly method used by N.T. Wright to examine some of the deepest questions of our faith. Wright has examined Jesus, Paul, the notion of the Kingdom of Heaven, and taken on the most confusing issues of our beliefs, including atonement, the Resurrection, and many more. With apologies to my favorite theologian, I am taking up his method to...

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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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