The Pastor’s Burden: 40 Years and Counting

Memorial Day weekend and a family reunion with the graveside service of a brother has given me pause.  This morning during my prayer time, it hit me that I have been engaged in the ministry for now more than 40 years, 30-some of which are on record with The United Methodist Church.  As an elder, […]

That Pesky Method Problem

In my most recent post, I tried to show why I and some other United Methodists don’t find the so-called local option on same sex marriage helpful.  I said I would try a “method” question in a subsequent post, and this is it. I recently read a blog by a UM scholar that stated quite […]

Figuring Out What Unsettles Me about “A Way Forward”

Adam Hamilton’s powerful communication gifts, his love for Christ and the church, and his notable leadership skills have placed him in a position of great influence.  From this platform he appears to be doing all he can to sway us toward “A Way Forward,” the commonly-called local option on same sex marriage.  I struggle with […]

United Methodist Centrist Movement: The Problem is the Paradigm

When I first read the United Methodist Centrist Movement (http://umcm.today) blog, “No Room at the Table for Centrists,” I got an ear worm.  Does anyone remember Twisted Sister?  Irritated that “centrists” were left out of a conversation of five UM caucus groups with the Commission on General Conference, they have made their feelings known. I […]

“Clem,” Lesslie and J.R.W.: Examples to the Flock

In a congregation with a group of clergy recently, I said something I say often: “We (pastors) lead with our lives.” Our culture places much emphasis on competence and skill. Please, God, let us clergy show competence!  But, let us also do more. 1 Peter 5:2 and 4 say that elders are to “shepherd the […]

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