Dude, I love the United Methodist Church, but I can also live well without it: A thought or two on Schism.

About a year ago, a family circumstance forced me to reconsider my profession as an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. The family circumstance called for a greater income that I could ever hope to make in the church. I informed my DS and bishop of the circumstance and began to look for work. There were lots of intriguing options and I submitted about a dozen resumes and … Continue reading Dude, I love the United Methodist Church, but I can also live well without it: A thought or two on Schism.

Bible Leads: Isaiah 55:1-13

TEXT Isaiah 55:1-13 Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in … Continue reading Bible Leads: Isaiah 55:1-13

40 Linchpin Moments in 40 Years

Today I turn 40 years old. That’s not too old. But I’ve been calling myself 40 for the past 11 months, so clearly, it’s been on my mind. I tend to be overly reflective anyhow, so I thought I would take the occasion to consider 40 moments in my life through which I know I changed. I’m calling these linchpins after the segment on the … Continue reading 40 Linchpin Moments in 40 Years

How to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (if you’re white)

I want to write about the MLK holiday. There are several thoughts angling into my brain on this one. It’s probably best if I just lay them all out there at once. I deeply admire Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all that he stood for. I know that he was a freedom fighter, a philosopher, a preacher, a non-violent resister of oppression. I’ve studied … Continue reading How to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (if you’re white)

This Week in Ministry

This past week, as a pastor, I… ate pancakes with 8 middle school boys I didn’t really know. joined 7 seniors and a young adult in contemplating what it means to be a good church member. consulted with 5 church members about recent vision work. ate chili. perused and studied (indulged) pop culture offerings from 1988. tried to take good care of the church property. … Continue reading This Week in Ministry

Bible Leads: Luke 3:15-22

TEXT Luke 3:15-22 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy … Continue reading Bible Leads: Luke 3:15-22

Bible Leads: Matthew 2:1-12

TEXT Matthew 2:1-12 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with … Continue reading Bible Leads: Matthew 2:1-12