Archives for February 2009

The End or a By-Product?

Awhile back, I wrote about being a “hyphenated,” a term I picked up from Phyllis Tickle’s The Great Emergence. According to Tickle, massive changes in media the past 30 years are causing American Christians to live in much closer “subjective proximity” than ever before. One result: some of the old divisions are dissolving and people […]

Thank You, Tony

We just finished Builders in Ministry Week at Southwestern College.  It is our third annual and we’re excited about how this event is developing.  (Next year, it’s scheduled for February 23-25.  I hope you’ll consider coming.) Our featured speaker this year was Tony Jones, author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier.  As usual, […]

Competing Interests, Shared Vision

For a long time, I’ve fretted over our United Methodist denominational divisions.  We suffer from competing interests.  In part, they are regional, geographical and cultural, but the ones we most often discuss are theological.   Those theological differences, when you start to probe, are hard to pin down. We use labels (“conservative,” “liberal”) that are […]

I Think I’m a Hyphenated

As a member of a so-called mainline denomination, I have been experiencing – on behalf of (United Methodist ) Mother Church – something like a reverse vicarious identity crisis.  It’s really not cool to be a mainliner these days.  To rip off an old country song, I’m United Methodist after United Methodist was cool.  I’m […]

The Point of the Story?

A couple of times recently, I’ve listened to “what the Bible says” conversations that have left me scratching my head. Today’s Sunday School lesson (written by a well-known author/pastor) dealt with personal affliction and God’s glory and used an excerpt from John 9, the story of Jesus healing the man blind from birth.  The aim […]

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