Mediocre Super Sunday…what have we learned?

I watched the Super Bowl. I can truly say I watched more of this Super Bowl than I have in a long time (can’t remember watching more or longer, but maybe I have).

Why? My first answer would be, “I don’t know.” It seemed like one of those Read More…

Why So Urgent?

I hate reading. Since leaving seminary, I have started reading a large collection of books. I have finished many of them tentatively (gotta get through this thing); I have left many unfinished (reached a point where I was done reading before they were done writing). I really hate reading on a deadline, or as an assignment (authority issues perhaps…laziness perhaps?). Recently, I picked up a book that has Read More…

Finishing The Song Together

Holding Hands

I’ve always had a dream that something like this song would happen to me [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP1H5lwur0Y]. With just a single voice, a song begins, and then more and more voices join in until it’s a full chorus. Thanks for the dream, Barry Read More…

Is It Time?

The Internet is abuzz with the recent actions of (retired) Bishop Melvin Talbert. Following-up on a threat to violate the United Methodist Book of Discipline, Talbert officiated a same-sex wedding in Alabama. The threat was made as early as May, 2013. In the 4+ months in between, Talbert notified North Alabama Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett that he intended to officiate said wedding within her jurisdiction. This is the proper method to take in our polity. Part of the covenant of pastors, elders and bishops is to never Read More…

We suck…but not like we thought

Finger-pointing...America's new pastime

America’s new pastime

It happened again today. It seems like a regular cycle brings around articles from Rachel Held Evans or someone similar who portends to speak for a certain group (hers is young adults) within the Church telling us old curmudgeons what we’re doing wrong. Today’s article was a recycled article (2010) about the concept that having a segregated youth group keeps our teens from being active in the life of the Church…thus “killing the church”. (That is a gross oversimplification, but I don’t want to rehash the article…just give the example.)

This article brings to mind a couple of things: Read More…

I Thought Of You Today…

Wow! What a week last week was.  Just back from vacation, so it took a while to start getting caught up.  As usual, many important things were put aside because of the urgent ‘catch up’ work.  Annette’s car gasped its final fumes (at least under our ownership), so we had to find and buy another vehicle on short notice.  Uncle Bill died unexpectedly, and although he and I were never anything near close, it made me think of you.  But that’s not what brought you to mind this morning.

There was another death last week.  Hannah’s first High School friend died suddenly.  We got word by telephone with very few details.  We didn’t know any arrangements or even a cause…just that he was gone.  She hadn’t seen him in over a year, but Read More…

The Importance of “Ordinary Time”

Okay, so Christmas has just past and some of the songs will NOT get out of my head.  I wouldn’t usually mind that, but the songs that are stuck are the ones that have such inane meaning they drive me crazy…Santa Baby, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. One particular ‘ear worm’ that I’ve been “hearing” the last couple of days is We Need a Little Christmas.

It’s not even a song I would select to sing during the holy days of Christmas, but it’s stuck in my head!  Why? Because I went in a store the other day Read More…

What’s wrong with X-Mas?

Is there anything wrong with using “X-Mas”?  Well, yeah but it’s not likely what you think it is.
In today’s American culture, there is a common belief that a nefarious attempt to remove Jesus from our culture is afoot.  One of the key times for this theory to resurface each year is Christmas.  With cities removing Nativity scenes from public grounds and lawsuits commonplace surrounding these Christian displays in the public square there is considerable support for the “put Christ back in Christmas” crowd.
One discussion that arises most years Read More…

A Positive Rant?!?

Indiana Conference logoAs United Methodist clergy, I followed the 2012 General Conference pretty closely.  Of course, I had my personal “horses” in the legislative arena that I wanted to win…some did, some didn’t.  By most standards, the General Conference was a giant flop.  I have some opinions about that (squandered opportunities and all), but I’m not so sure the status quo is necessarily the problem within our
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The Mission (part 3 of 3)…MAKING Disciples

Great CommissionThis is part 3 in my 3-part series of articles about our mission statement.  Our mission (“Making disciples of Jesus Christ…”) is based on Jesus’ ‘Great Commission’ (“Go and make disciples of all people…”).  Two months ago, I wrote about what it means to “go,” and how it is not possible to make disciples without leaving our zone of comfort and stepping into the lives of people who need Jesus.  Last month’s subject was discipleship, and how a disciple never stops growing and deepening his relationship with Jesus.

This month is closely related, but I’d like to discuss what it means to “make” disciples, and how we might go about Read More…