I Beg The Church

Dear Church of Jesus Christ, That seems like a pompous salutation for a blog. But I don’t know what else fits. I am led to write to anyone who considers themselves a follower of Jesus Christ. I am led by God’s Holy Spirit to write to you about the situation with Exodus Ministries International, and […]

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God Makes No Mistakes. We Do.

Been texting with my friend, Rev. Sid Hall tonight, and I really can’t express it any better than he has done, regarding the news out of the SW Texas Conference today:  “The church not only does harm to loving and qualified people for ministry in taking such action, but makes a profound theological statement by […]

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Go Tell Mary (And Rev. Jackson too)

Apparently, the list of people you should not to listen to has grown by one. The new inductee is Rev. E. W. Jackson, a minister from Virginia who also happens to be running for Lieutenant Governor. The most recently-covered outrageous statement he’s made as to do with yoga. It’s from a book he wrote some […]

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Is Schism The Best Future for the UMC? Why? Why Not?

Very pleased to be a part of DreamUMC’s 1st Anniversary “Sync Blog“ tonight. The assignment for this blog is its title. Although, if I had a “do-over” on this entry, I’d title this blog: “Game Theory And the Possibility of Schism.” I’m going to take the question literally, and answer it as such. I’m also […]

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Reframing Clergy, Clergy Spouses, and "Smokin’ Hot Wives"

Ordained ministry is not the only profession struggling with the role of women in leadership. Truthfully, I don’t know how we fare when set alongside other major professions. My hunch is, in some ways, the church is doing better than other professions. In other ways, probably far worse. These issues are difficult, of course, precisely […]

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A Pastoral Case for Christian Same Sex Marriage

This week, the Supreme Court takes up two important cases on the issue of same-sex marriage. The cases may, or may not, fundamentally change the legal understanding of marriage in our nation. Whether or not they do, decisions are not expected for months. (UPDATE 6/27/13: Yesterday, the Supreme Court came back with decisions in both […]

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United Methodism is not a Global Church

(Note: Please read this entire blog for an important update at the end…EF) Watching the election of the Pope Francis last week, I couldn’t help but notice how impressive it was to see a true “global church” in action. However, it also reminded me of a truth about our beloved United Methodist Church… We say […]

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First Baptist Gets Tebowed

If you want to understand just how much the tectonic plates are shifting in America, pay close attention to the situation with Tim Tebow and First Baptist Church, Dallas.
 Thank you, Tim, for quietly and firmly doing the right thing.
 Mark these words of prophecy: despite FBC’s impressive new building they will continue to see […]

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What the Presidential Election Should Teach the United Methodist Church

One of the trends in United Methodism these days is to talk extensively about “the mission field.” It’s a buzz word. It’s a concept. The question is asked: “In every place where we do ministry, what does the mission field look like?” It’s a very very good question, and I’m glad we’re asking it. Demographics, […]

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