A Different Future from a Difficult Past

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Sermons | 2 comments

Let’s cover some known facts. I’m a United Methodist pastor. The United Methodist Church is a Christian denomination. Christians follow the teachings of Christ. Christ was big on forgiveness. Based on this, we should be able to draw some conclusions about a system of United Methodist pastors and United Methodist churches — and the way they interact. Let me offer you a few more known facts. Most clergy I know have encountered...

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It Takes More than Counting the Sheep to Really Wake Up the Church

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Blogroll, Economics, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism | 0 comments

The  Rev. Jeremy  Smith  at HackingChristianity.net has discovered a method of providing narrative, subjective information to flesh out the cold hard data of Vital Congregations. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? But it most definitely is something big. Something wonderful, even. For the past year, there’s been a great deal of buzz on the interwebs and throughout the United Methodist denominational structure. The buzz has centered...

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This is Not “Taking a Real Stand”

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in General Rant, Main, Methodism, Pop Culture, US Politics | 2 comments

The Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church has passed legislation actively encouraging the infraction of our polity and covenant as United Methodists, particularly as United Methodist Clergy. From the document (linked above), which passed overwhelmingly at that Jurisdictional Conference: In response to our common belief that God’s grace and love is available to all persons, the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church...

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“How Does This Help Us Make Disciples?”

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in General Rant | 1 comment

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of excitement from people like Dan Dick and Ben Gosden. Their excitement is rightly generating some excitement within me as well. The cause of the excitement? One simple word: Discipleship. Dan and Ben are both excellent writers. Dan’s edge is experience, and his current mode is “irritated.” Dan has been hearing people talk about discipleship as the mantra for the United Methodist Church...

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Twelve Points of Connection within the United Methodist Church

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism | 0 comments

For those who are not United Methodist, the following is a summary of the Twelve Points of Connection within the United Methodist Church as presented by Bishop Ben Chamness at the 2012 Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church at Jackson Tennessee. The details are not extensive as this was intended to be a reminder to the delegates of the Annual Conference of the strength and power of our connectional system....

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