Archives for October 2012

As We Near November 6

I’m sure there are other places where this comparative information can be found, but I appreciate what Joseph Slife at has done with two recent posts.  He takes the United Methodist Book of Discipline statements on specific topics and lays them alongside both the Republican and Democratic Party Platforms on the same issues. Here […]

George McGovern the Quintessential Methodist?

Senator George McGovern was 90 years old when he died Sunday last.  In some ways, it seems to me, Dr. McGovern (Ph.D. from Northwestern U.) was quintessentially United Methodist.  Pondering how produces some worthwhile reflection about the church’s  current identity and future impact. So, let me try this thesis, using Senator McGovern’s legacy as a […]

What to Make of the “Nones”

In the previous post I mentioned the Pew Research report on the growing number of people identifying themselves as having no religion (the “nones”).  You can find the full report at (  The Big Fact: “nones” number one in five.  Among college age students, some articles suggest the ratio is one to four (1 to […]

It Ain’t Just About Local Congregations

The Call to Action Interim Operations Team of The United Methodist Church has issued its final report and has, I think, disbanded.  I have recently read the account of their report in The United Methodist Reporter and I have seriously mixed feelings. The report, says the article, “calls on the denomination to..’.refocus a higher share […]

What Casey Pachall Teaches Us about Us

Casey Pachall, star quarterback for TCU, has been suspended from play indefinitely by Coach Gary Patterson.  Another brush with the law – this time a DWI arrrest – has apparently forced Coach Patterson’s hand.  blogger, Mike Hashimoto, says of star Pachall, “The world isn’t a vacuum, although clearly one could draw a comparison to that and […]