Archives for June 2014

Getting Practical, II:

Robert Benne (Quality with Soul) argues that for a church related school to carry out its mission consistent with its identity, a critical mass of committed Christians involved in leadership is a “necessary precondition.” (pp. 179-180)  I’d like to try to imagine how the principle of “critical mass” would look at a UM-related school. 1. […]

Getting Practical: What would a Robustly Christian Vision for UM Schools Involve?

In response to my previous post about UM leaders not giving up on church related colleges and universities, a friend challenged me with some probing questions.  He couldn’t see, for example, how my claim that we can develop a robustly Christian approach without establishing certain controls like compulsory chapel would actually work.  It’s time for […]

UM Leaders: Don’t Give Up on Church Related Higher Education

I’ve been working for a UM-related college or university since 1995.  During that time, in a variety of ways, I’ve heard an alarming number of church leaders admit that they have essentially given up expecting denominational schools to make any noticeable contribution to our church’s mission.  It’s also very interesting to note that, in the […]

Does God Talk to Us or Not?

In all our United Methodist fussing with one another, one question consistently emerges in my mind: do we think that God actually talks to us?  How would we recognize divine speech if we think God does talk to us? At the Connectional Table meeting in Chicago a couple of months ago, Bishop Minerva Carcano reportedly […]

A Preacher’s Kid Preacher Remembers Father

I have now passed 30 Father’s Days since Dad died just after Christmas in 1983.  Today, like millions of others remembering their fathers, I’ve been thinking about and remembering with gratitude, Cecil Leroy Rankin. Certain other annual events also make me think of Dad.  Many of them involve horses.  The Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes […]

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