Emergence Christianity: Now What?

Posted by on Jan 19, 2013 in General Rant, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Pop Culture, Society at Large | 1 comment

A few days ago, I posted an ‘catch-up’ article about Emergence Christianity. At the recent gathering in Memphis, Phyllis Tickle noted that the idea had been around long enough that we were now ready to decide if this is a movement or a conversation or something else altogether. Like the Mayan Long Count, things come to an end and start over. This is one of those points, according to Tickle. See the last post for details. I’m...

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Changing the World — and the Difficulty of Power

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in General Rant, Main | 1 comment

When I was coming through the process of becoming a pastor, I had grand dreams of changing things for the better. Changing the culture, changing people, changing churches — changing everything. I spent years banging my head against walls (some of which cracked and came down — draw your own conclusions about the state of my cranial integrity). I spent years whooping up on folks (for all the “right” reasons), and sometimes...

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Do the Math

Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 in Blogroll, Economics, General Rant, Leading the Church, Main, Memphis Conference, Uncategorized | 0 comments

From Wikipedia Statisticians improve the quality of data with the design of experiments and survey sampling. Statistics also provides tools for prediction and forecasting using data and statistical models. Statistics is applicable to a wide variety of academic disciplines, including natural and social sciences, government, and business. Statistical consultants are available to provide help for organizations and companies without direct access...

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A Vision for the Future: Premise (1/5)

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in General Rant, Leading the Church, Methodism, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I love science fiction. I’ve been waiting for years for Michio Kaku to reveal the fact that we will finally get our flying cars and personal robot assistants. But you don’t hear too many people talking about the distant future of the Church, except for maybe John’s Revelation. The General Board of Discipleship has gathered some of the leading minds in the United Methodist Church and asked them to pull back the veil on the...

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