The Kingdom of Heaven is like…

Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in Economics, General Rant, Leading the Local Congregation, Pop Culture | 0 comments

West Tennessee and Western Kentucky are suffering from one of the worst droughts in recent memory. ¬†Crops are dying. That means farmers are watching a year’s salary literally burn up. People are falling victim to heat stroke. Yards are going from green to brown to “dirt” in some places. As of June 25, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, was 15.38 inches of precipitation below normal for the year, Paducah, Kentucky was 13.01 inches...

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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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Predatory Lending

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 in Economics, General Rant, Pop Culture, Society at Large, Uncategorized, US Politics | 0 comments

I’m a member of a covenant accountability discipleship group. That’s a fancy way of saying that I have brothers in Christ who ask me, very intentionally, if I am doing what I said I would do and being who I said I would be. Our covenant is simple: We’ve agreed to pray daily. We’ve agreed to fast weekly. We’ve agreed to participate in the Lord’s Supper twice monthly. Our covenant also includes some intentional...

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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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A Good Start

Posted by on Nov 5, 2007 in Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation | 0 comments

Piperton UMC is my new church home. I was appointed here in June. The past few months have been the usual exercises in unpacking boxes, replacing lost or broken items from the move, and getting to know my new church family. One of the reasons I was sent here is because of the demographic explosion that Piperton, TN is facing. We have a ripe opportunity to reach a large segment of the population of Fayette county over the next few years as the...

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