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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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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