The One Solution Out of Our Reach

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Society at Large, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

My blogfeed fills with solutions every morning, all from smart people. But no one seems to have an answer to the one solution out of our reach. What do you do when the efforts you are making stop working? What do you do when people don’t seem to want to do much of anything? Techniques The Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church, my home conference, pursues solutions with a great deal of zest. Ministry in varied locations evolved...

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Creating Covenant Accountability

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Discipleship, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main | 0 comments

The hardest thing about creating covenant accountability is the decision to be accountable in the first place. This year, I’ve renewed my participation in a covenant discipleship group. I also continue to be in covenant with a group of leaders here at the church. My pastor, Dr. Richard Clark, is participating in covenant with my Bishop, Bill McAllily. In the next few weeks, the SPRC and I will hammer out our covenant for work together as...

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Why I Still Believe in the UMC

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism | 2 comments

While unpopular in some circles, there are still a great many reasons why I still believe in the UMC. Sure, there are some antiquated ideas in every organization, especially one that goes back a few years like ours does. Old habits die hard, even in the young leaders who are stepping into the gaps left by absentee Baby Boomers who don’t want to become the very embodiment of the authority they rejected in the  60’s and 70’s....

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Deciphering the Past and Decoding the Future

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Human Sexuality, Leading the Church, Main, Methodism, Theological Thinking | 1 comment

When the social order of our culture changes within a matter of years and not decades, the Church must deal with the difficulty of orthodoxy in a shifting paradigm. For many, this is a simple matter. Either you are part of the change or you are part of the barriers to that change, depending on your degree of liberalism or conservatism. But how you navigate change matters. We’ve not done a good job of moving forward to new things. Too...

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“Haters Gonna Hate”

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Human Sexuality, Main, Methodism | 1 comment

I was conversing with a friend this afternoon. He related to me that he had been blasted by a fellow blogger for his opinions. I wryly commented, “Well, as the kids are so fond of saying these days, ‘Haters gonna hate.’ Which means, of course ‘We now routinely assign the emotion of hatred to those who disagree with us.'” And that’s a sad truth. In a recent sermon, I suggested that we practice valuing the...

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