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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Tolerating Intolerance?

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Christian Beliefs, General Rant, Human Sexuality, Main, Theological Thinking | 2 comments

Recently, Candler School of Theology announced that it would be honoring Dr. Eddie Fox, noted United Methodist evangelist and Candler alumnus. The story broke wide when students, faculty, alumni, and others protested the honor based on the fact that Dr. Fox disagreed theologically with the LGBT community at Candler on the issue of homosexuality. In recent years, no issue has been more divisive than human sexuality. In fact, I firmly believe...

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After the Protest…Where Are You?

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in General Rant, Human Sexuality, Leading the Church, Main, Methodism, Society at Large | 3 comments

I have a problem with protestors. Not all of them. But certainly some of them. I’ve been a protestor a few times in my life. As a disciple of Jesus, it is important to me to stand up for those who have no voice. That’s a lot of what Jesus was about. This week, we celebrated the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. There, the Rev’d. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his immortal words, “I...

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Prop 8, Homosexuality, and the Loud Lack of Conversation

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Society at Large, US Politics | 2 comments

Everyone is talking about the Supreme Court of the United States hearing oral arguments on the matter of California’s Proposition 8, which banned homosexual marriage. But is anyone listening? I sat down to an interview today on that matter. It’s been quite a while since I talked openly about the issue of homosexuality. In the last few years, it’s been like talking about taking a trip to the sun: Everyone knows where it is, but...

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Moderates are Miserable: Would You Care to Join Me Anyway?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in General Rant, Society at Large, US Politics | 1 comment

Black and white. Right or wrong. Agree or disagree. This seems to be the polarized world in which we are living. Whether it is politics, sexuality, or even sporting events, there is a growing element of “if you aren’t with us, you are against us.” That leaves moderates ( who love hard questions with even harder to find answers about as much as the rest of you) in a place where we feel cast out of all camps simultaneously....

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