Compassion: The Tool of Choice for the Discerning Christian

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Christian Beliefs, Discipleship, General Rant, Main, Society at Large, Theological Thinking | 4 comments

I was always taught to use the right tool for the job. Now, that doesn’t mean that my dad, who was a contractor for much of his life, was above using the backside of a big old wrench to knock down a nail that was sticking up. But it does mean that I rarely force a flat bladed screwdriver into a phillips head screw. So when I see Christians wielding “righteous indignation” at the sins of their neighbors, I cringe. There are...

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The Difference Between “Now” and “Then”

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism | 3 comments

Some things never change. There are still hot dogs at baseball games. There are still fish in Kentucky Lake. And there are still Methodists meeting on a yearly basis to talk business and make decisions. In the past two weeks, I’ve been to two Annual Conferences. And, at those sessions, I spoke with pastors and leaders of the Church at length. Something was different. In years past, Conference was a coming together of factions. Sounds...

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The Kingdom of Heaven is like…

Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in Economics, General Rant, Leading the Local Congregation, Pop Culture | 0 comments

West Tennessee and Western Kentucky are suffering from one of the worst droughts in recent memory.  Crops are dying. That means farmers are watching a year’s salary literally burn up. People are falling victim to heat stroke. Yards are going from green to brown to “dirt” in some places. As of June 25, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, was 15.38 inches of precipitation below normal for the year, Paducah, Kentucky was 13.01 inches...

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