A Different Future from a Difficult Past

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Sermons | 2 comments

Let’s cover some known facts. I’m a United Methodist pastor. The United Methodist Church is a Christian denomination. Christians follow the teachings of Christ. Christ was big on forgiveness. Based on this, we should be able to draw some conclusions about a system of United Methodist pastors and United Methodist churches — and the way they interact. Let me offer you a few more known facts. Most clergy I know have encountered...

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Changing the World — and the Difficulty of Power

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in General Rant, Main | 1 comment

When I was coming through the process of becoming a pastor, I had grand dreams of changing things for the better. Changing the culture, changing people, changing churches — changing everything. I spent years banging my head against walls (some of which cracked and came down — draw your own conclusions about the state of my cranial integrity). I spent years whooping up on folks (for all the “right” reasons), and sometimes...

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This is Not “Taking a Real Stand”

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in General Rant, Main, Methodism, Pop Culture, US Politics | 2 comments

The Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church has passed legislation actively encouraging the infraction of our polity and covenant as United Methodists, particularly as United Methodist Clergy. From the document (linked above), which passed overwhelmingly at that Jurisdictional Conference: In response to our common belief that God’s grace and love is available to all persons, the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church...

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Two Wrongs: Still Don’t Make a Right After All This Time

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Blogroll, General Rant, Main, Methodism | 3 comments

The United Methodist Church just wrapped up the 2012 General Conference in Tampa, FL. I’m glad. You see, our denomination was starting to fray at the edges — and in some places very near the center. I found myself disgusted by some of the content I’ve been reading in blogs. I’ve been disappointed in clergy colleagues for their snide, snarky, and, in some cases, wrong and disrespectful treatment of others. One of our...

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It’s Not That Easy

Posted by on Mar 18, 2012 in General Rant, Leading the Church, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Pop Culture, Society at Large | 5 comments

I just read a terrifying article. Nothing wrong with the article. The content was dead on, and I knew it as soon as I saw it. You might want to read it, too, if you are a part of a church. If you are a pastor, you should read it and then share it with the people who hold you up when you feel like you are falling apart. Ministry Best Practices: The Most Dangerous Jobs They bring out some serious points. Ministers are quitting their jobs over the...

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