Doing What We Can

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Sermons | 1 comment

I just left a Finance Committee Meeting for Grace UMC, the church I’m presently serving. And I just witnessed a very admirable act. “Heroic” is a little too strong a word, but not by too much. Let me offer some background. Grace has had some financial strain over the past two years. Attendance was dropping sharply due to conflicts within the church and giving was way down. The congregation eventually divided its property...

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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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Two Wrongs: Still Don’t Make a Right After All This Time

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Blogroll, General Rant, Main, Methodism | 3 comments

The United Methodist Church just wrapped up the 2012 General Conference in Tampa, FL. I’m glad. You see, our denomination was starting to fray at the edges — and in some places very near the center. I found myself disgusted by some of the content I’ve been reading in blogs. I’ve been disappointed in clergy colleagues for their snide, snarky, and, in some cases, wrong and disrespectful treatment of others. One of our...

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A General Conference Prayer

Posted by on Apr 29, 2012 in General Rant, Methodism, Society at Large, US Politics | 0 comments

The 2012 United Methodist General Conference continues in Tampa, Florida. The debate has heated up — and we still have a long way to go. In the heat of the moment, there have already been celebrations in the face of pain, disregard of sacred worth, and evil words rationalized by zeal. Please let this be your prayer for our denomination’s leaders gathered  in Tampa. God of us all, bless our Church with understanding. Our hearts are...

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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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