Merry Christmas, Everybody

http://vimeo.com/51786712 For all the UMC drives me mad, I’m Methodist to my core, and so thankful that our church puts out messages like this during the holy-days. Merry Christmas, everybody. Related articles War on Advent (sandystrachan.wordpress.com) The REAL War Against Christmas (jaybsnyder.com) Christmas or Stressmas? (moremoneymorechoices.wordpress.com) How to have a happy holiday without spending big […]

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Autumn, And The Far Too Long Line

I commend to you this blog, written by Autumn Dennis, about her decision to remove herself from the ordination process in the United Methodist Church. Titled, “A Time to Stay and a Time to Leave,” you can find it at RMN today. She describes her recent decision this way: “I cannot pledge to uphold that […]

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Holy Crap! You Still Think This is a Stunt, Don’t You?

Cardinal Dolan has revealed way more than he meant to with comments to “Meet The Press” this weekend. Asked about gay marriage, the Cardinal said the Catholic Church had been “outmarketed” on the issue. Outmarketed?!!! Like “Coke vs. Pepsi?” Then it hit me. I remembered the very same reaction to the very first weekend when […]

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The Heartbreaking Dynamic

It happened again over the weekend. I got an email from a gay man that said this: “Please remove my name from the membership rolls of Northaven Methodist Church and remove me from your email and US mail lists… As a gay man, I feel that I no longer want to be affiliated in any […]

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The Metaphor of Birmingham

As a Methodist preacher, I’ve always been humbled to recall that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail” was written, in part, to Methodist bishops. They weren’t the only recipients, of course. The letter was a response to previous statements from Alabama-area clergy of several Christian denominations. But at least two of […]

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Enough Culpability for Us All

As she often does my colleague, Rev. Christy Thomas has a blog well worth your time today. Her title is “Incarnational Theology and Corrective Rape.” As you might surmise, it’s a hard read. Like Christy, I invite you to read the New York Times article that inspired her. It talks about the horrific practice in […]

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More Evidence that America’s "Mission Field" Future is Progressive

Several online friends sent this essay to me this week: Religious Progressives Predicted To Outnumber Conservatives, Survey Finds  It’s well worth the read, and cites data that comes from the Public Religion Research Institute. A few standout quotes: “With each generation, the popularity of religious conservatism has declined. Forty-seven percent of the Silent Generation (ages […]

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A Tale of Two Women (Why I am Pro-Choice)

Although I blog about a lot of things, I’ve never written much about abortion or about why I am fundamentally “Pro-Choice.” But my friend Rev. Jim Rigby, a minister from Austin, asked yesterday for clergy who are Pro-Choice to sign their name to statement. I was please to stand with many other Texas clergy who […]

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What Do The Same Sex Marriage Rulings Teach Us about the American UMC?

In the past several days, I’ve had several talks with folks regarding the twin Supreme Court rulings on same sex marriage, and its implications for the United Methodist Church. The gist has been to lament just how dramatically “out-of-step” the United Methodist Church has become on the issue of same sex marriage, and LGBT issues […]

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Bending a Little Faster Today

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” — Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. I don’t know. Today, it sure feels like that arc is picking up a little steam. My first thoughts on reading the Supreme Court decisions had to do with our families here at Northaven Church. When […]

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