Deciphering the Past and Decoding the Future

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Human Sexuality, Leading the Church, Main, Methodism, Theological Thinking | 1 comment

When the social order of our culture changes within a matter of years and not decades, the Church must deal with the difficulty of orthodoxy in a shifting paradigm. For many, this is a simple matter. Either you are part of the change or you are part of the barriers to that change, depending on your degree of liberalism or conservatism. But how you navigate change matters. We’ve not done a good job of moving forward to new things. Too...

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Repost: Church Metrics are Bad? Does Not Compute.

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Society at Large | 0 comments

Logic seems to have failed some of us Methodists — probably because we aren’t Vulcans, or something like that. United Methodists¬†all over the blogosphere and twitterverse are posting and tweeting logical fallacies right and left, mostly in the area of the recent Call to Action initiative that will be addressed at General Conference in just a few days. [The measure failed miserably, as did many of the resolutions that could not be...

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Twelve Points of Connection within the United Methodist Church

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism | 0 comments

For those who are not United Methodist, the following is a summary of the Twelve Points of Connection within the United Methodist Church as presented by Bishop Ben Chamness at the 2012 Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church at Jackson Tennessee. The details are not extensive as this was intended to be a reminder to the delegates of the Annual Conference of the strength and power of our connectional system....

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Grace Anyway

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Pop Culture, Society at Large | 0 comments

I don’t think there was ever a time when I didn’t know that my heroes were flawed. I grew up in the days following Nixon, Watergate, Viet Nam, race riots, and the burgeoning practice of assuming that great men and women were not perfect. Leaders could be trusted, but only to a certain extent. A prime example was Ronald Reagan. His rise to power was a renewal of trust after years of brokenness in the White House. But when the...

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Low Miles, Excellent Condition: Young Leaders in the UMC

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Blogroll, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Methodism, Society at Large, US Politics | 0 comments

Conversations with bold, young leaders are often difficult for me, mostly because I remember those early days out of seminary when I still knew everything. I had been drawn through a very complex set of ideas on a three year journey to enlightenment, and I was ready to unleash myself upon the world. The reason those conversations can be difficult is that those conversations remind me of my own shortsightedness. I wasn’t prepared to take...

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