Archives for May 2013

Wherever We Go, Whatever the Mission, It Takes Leadership

Yesterday, the Kansas West Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church did its last business and celebrated its final worship service.  I was a member of the conference for most of my ministry (until 2010) and I’m so glad I made it back for the closing day.  It was truly a bittersweet moment. I can’t […]

Looking for My Family

Imagine this scene: a group of twenty or so United Methodist leaders are gathered in a circle for the opening prayer of a weekend training in spiritual formation.  The leader begins with asking each member of the group to center her thoughts on God “as you understand God…”  This seemingly innocuous qualification opens the door […]

Choking the Pipeline for Older Clergy Candidates: The Larger Problem

Those darn Texans! I arrived home yesterday evening to find my copy of the latest United Methodist Reporter and read of the Texas Annual Conference’s consideration to discourage ordination by potential clergy candidates over the age of 45.  As you might imagine, this proposal has struck a nerve.  I may be weighing in too late, but, […]

College Ministers: It’s Time to Talk about the Fear of God

College campuses have become zones of utter moral ignorance.  Not “immorality,” but ignorance.  (Moral ignorance is not the same as intellectual ignorance.  Think of the Greek word “moros,”  which means “fool.”)   This post will be no screed against immorality.  We have a much more basic problem.  To act in “immoral” ways one has to […]

The Church’s Version of ADD

Grabbing a cup of coffee and waiting for Sunday School to start this morning, Joni and I noticed a “50% off” shelf of books outside the bookstore/coffee bar.  I love snooping around in bookstores.  Today’s excursion produced this moment of reverie: It’s a little bit like the church (not just our church) has a collective […]

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