It’s Not Our Tent

This was the devotional at our Staff Parish Committee Meeting last night, offered by one of our great layfolks. An important word for all of us in the UMC, where ever we come down on the issue of “inclusion.” The word is: “It’s not our tent.” (Underlining by me.)   “ The desire to learn […]

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Music Sets the Mood

Have any doubts about how music can set the mood of a good movie?   Check it out…basically slightly different editing, but totally different music. And an all new “feel.”  

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The Biblical Basis for the Rape-Marriage #UMC

Originally posted on The Thoughtful Pastor:
I just read this powerful, compelling, heart-rendering article reminding us that the horror of the Nigerian girls being abducted into these “rape-marriages” has a sound biblical basis. The author is correct. Here’s a short snippet from her piece: We must tell the truth that the bible says that fathers…

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Carrying the Cross and Dropping the Crowbar

Originally posted on CrossRoads Faith and Film:
One of my favorite scenes in the movie “Field of Dreams” is when Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner, is trying to convince Terence Mann, played by James Earl Jones, to go with him to a Boston Red Sox baseball game. When Terence Mann shuts the door in…

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Live and Let Live Can Work

Dear Big Middle*, Sorry it’s been several weeks since my last installment of “Dear Big Middle” blogs. We’ve had a lot going on around here. These “Dear Big Middle” blogs are designed to speak to the large number of “moderate” United Methodists on specific same sex marriage issues. And the reason I have been delayed […]

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Beauty Is There Offering Itself

Beauty is there offering itself every day asking nothing not even that you notice the way the light shines through dry grass at sundown or the way shadows lay themselves across some arrangement of sandstone boulders or how the crisp air moves in and out as you climb an upward trail blue mountains to the […]

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“It’s All Music, Eh?”

I wasn’t a close friend of TR Richie‘s. But we ran in the some of the same circles. And we shared some powerful times with our Coho/Calvin’s friends, especially through Michael and Kendra. I’ve been following TR’s final journey with some interest, as cancer has been taking its toll. Some friends may have seen the […]

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Elaine Heath: ” A New Set of Questions about Sex and Sin”

Elaine Heath: ” A New Set of Questions about Sex and Sin” Worth passing on. I think she nails it here: “It is past time to ask new, better questions about sexual virtue and sexual vice. The springboard for the new questions is not genitalia but imago Dei, the inherent sanctity and dignity of human […]

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Follow Your Heartbreak

“If you want to find your passion, surrender to your heartbreak. Your heartbreak points toward a truer north…” –Umair Haque This quote is mighty good wisdom for the start of a new year, and also a little New Year’s Eve preview of what’s coming to Northaven, just after the 1st of the year. We’re starting […]

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Woody’s New Years Resolutions

Even though I’ve made it crystal clear that I do not make New Year’s Resolutions, I’ve reposted these several years on this day just because they’re so awesome. This list is from 1942 and the great Woody Guthrie. Click the pic to enlarge. As I’ve said before, I don’t “do” New Year’s Resolutions. I have […]

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