The Heart of Hate

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in General Rant, Main, Pop Culture, Sermons, Society at Large | 0 comments

Hatred and anger rarely dissipate. More often than not, these two rabid emotions find dark places in our souls to hibernate until they can be unleashed upon the unsuspecting. I tell my children that anger is a lot like money. You rarely spend it where you earned it, and you often inherit it from your parents. So I haven’t been surprised to discover pockets of rage as I overturned a few rocks and stones here and there. There are a great...

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“Would You Know Him If You Saw Him?”

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Pop Culture, Sermons, Society at Large | 1 comment

A couple of days ago, I was at the church when one of our volunteers came by. She was there to pick up a load of toys for the Angel Tree charity we’re supporting this year. With her were six teen-agers, all boys, who were ready to help. As we carried bags out to the trailer, the young man in front of turned around and walked backwards, dragging his bag behind him and in front of me. He looked me square in the eye and asked, “Would...

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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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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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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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