A General Conference Prayer

Posted by on Apr 29, 2012 in General Rant, Methodism, Society at Large, US Politics | 0 comments

The 2012 United Methodist General Conference continues in Tampa, Florida. The debate has heated up — and we still have a long way to go. In the heat of the moment, there have already been celebrations in the face of pain, disregard of sacred worth, and evil words rationalized by zeal. Please let this be your prayer for our denomination’s leaders gathered  in Tampa. God of us all, bless our Church with understanding. Our hearts are...

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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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Newsflash: Christianity in Crisis (What? No Way!)

Posted by on Apr 4, 2012 in Economics, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Pop Culture, Society at Large, US Politics | 1 comment

“Christianity has been destroyed by politics, priests, and get-rich evangelists. Ignore them,” writes Andrew Sullivan in this week’s edition of Newsweek, “and embrace Him.” If only it were that easy. My inner 5th-Grader (who also titled this article) wanted very much to say, “No duh.” Now, don’t get me wrong. He’s asking a lot of the right questions. But he’s failing to understand the...

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Call to Action: Don’t Confuse the “What” with the “How.”

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in Economics, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Methodism | 0 comments

Bishop Joe Pennel has raised some excellent questions in a recent post at the UMPortal.  He indicates that we are not focusing on the right things with Call to Action in the United Methodist Church. He writes: I cannot prove it but I am of the opinion that congregations that focus on growing in compassion, forgiveness, mercy, kindness and justice have a stronger and more authentic commitment to social witness than those that are not so...

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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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