The Reason We Blow Stuff to “Kingdom COME,” not “Kingdom GO”

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012 in General Rant, Main, Methodism, Pop Culture, Society at Large | 4 comments

I remember when I was just a boy hearing people telling me to keep the match out of the tank, the spark away from the gas main, and my lighter away from the big brown bag of fireworks. “You’ll blow us all to Kingdom Come.” I finally figured out what they meant. They were talking about Heaven. It’s the only Kingdom I know that literally comes to us. So why all this talk about “flying away?” Why all the songs...

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Call to Action: Don’t Confuse the “What” with the “How.”

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in Economics, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Methodism | 0 comments

Bishop Joe Pennel has raised some excellent questions in a recent post at the UMPortal.  He indicates that we are not focusing on the right things with Call to Action in the United Methodist Church. He writes: I cannot prove it but I am of the opinion that congregations that focus on growing in compassion, forgiveness, mercy, kindness and justice have a stronger and more authentic commitment to social witness than those that are not so...

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Trayvon Martin – Twice Victimized

Posted by on Mar 24, 2012 in Blogroll, General Rant, Main, Society at Large, US Politics | 6 comments

Trayvon Martin’s death has been called a tragedy. It has been called a murder. It has been called justifiable homicide. His killer, George Zimmerman, has been called a murderer, a racist, and a vigilante. The silence from white evangelicals has been deafening. The clamor from the african-american community has been building to a roar. Bloggers like Drew Hart are rightly asking, “Where are the protests from white religious leaders...

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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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A Vision for the Future: Questions (4/5)

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in General Rant, Leading the Church, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Pop Culture, Sermons, Society at Large, Uncategorized, US Politics | 0 comments

Who are we? Where are we? What is the problem? What is the solution? These four questions round out the scholarly method used by N.T. Wright to examine some of the deepest questions of our faith. Wright has examined Jesus, Paul, the notion of the Kingdom of Heaven, and taken on the most confusing issues of our beliefs, including atonement, the Resurrection, and many more. With apologies to my favorite theologian, I am taking up his method to...

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