A Different Nativity — or Is It?

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Pop Culture, Sermons, Society at Large | 0 comments

  I’m a social media junkie. When I cruise through Facebook and Twitter, I feel like John Wesley on a digital destrier, riding from village to village with good news, learning about the people of that hamlet, and providing presence albeit in a limited form. There are some distinct differences. Take, for example, the prevalence of sarcasm and irony online. Recently, I ran across the¬†weirdest¬†nativity scene I’ve ever encountered....

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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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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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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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Major Questions at the Heart of Call to Action

Posted by on Mar 10, 2012 in Blogroll, General Rant, Leading the Church, Main, Methodism, Society at Large, Uncategorized, US Politics | 0 comments

The United Methodist Call To Action has created a variety of responses and questions across the United Methodist Church. The debate has created some very healthy conversations in the local church and has opened the door for broader conversations at the regional level. At the Memphis Conference Spiritual Growth Retreat, Bishop Ben Chamness offered some leadership on the matter, drawing clergy into a conversation that some of them were not even...

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