Exposing Bad Thinking: An Illustration of Why Method Matters

My most recent post spoke to the importance of good method in having arguments.  I follow up here with a specific example to show why it matters in crucially practical ways.) A recent flurry of blog posts and “sharing” among United Methodists reveals some of the problems we need to avoid if we’re going to […]

Methods: More than Sharing Stories and Naming Sources

In a couple of different ways and places, lately, I’ve expressed an opinion about what is wrong with current United Methodist debates and what is needed.  My recent post about labels shared a personal experience illustrating the frustration of having people look past what I say and assigning a label that they then use to […]

Why I Don’t Like Labels: A Personal Story

I try to balance staying aware with not getting sucked into social media debates.  This week I failed.  On three separate UM groups, I saw these words: “extreme conservative evangelical” “gatekeeper” “white male” just concerned with protecting “white male” privilege.” Before you protest that I’m just another white male conservative angry about being called out, […]

The Annual Conference is Still the Basic Unit and Why It Really Matters

To date, I have taken a pass on signing on to any of the various proposals offered to resolve some of the woes of our United Methodist Church.  One of the main reasons I have not – which I’ve publicly expressed – is that I don’t know how any future organization of the denomination will […]

Cal State, InterVarsity and Religious Discrimination

The California State University system recently has de-recognized any student organization that does not follow an “all comers” policy in their organizations’ membership standards, not only for members, but also for leaders.  Especially noticeable in this draconian move  is the impact on campus ministry groups, such as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (go here).  Their practice is […]