“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 […]

Dogma as Drama – Thank You, Dorothy Sayers

In Letters to a Post-Christian World, Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957; author, playwright, critic, poet) includes a number of essays on Christian orthodoxy and speaks to the value of dogma and the related determination to hold to right beliefs.  These essays make me sit up and take notice. As a sample, take her thoughts under the title, […]

Creeds, Orthodoxy, and What is Required of United Methodists

A number of my blogging friends (here, here here, and here)  have been posting about the importance and value of the creeds (mainly Apostles and Nicene) for Christian belief and practice.  They also have engaged in debate about whether John Wesley’s leadership and United Methodist identity require acceptance and use of the creeds.  Those posts all […]

Ash Wednesday Homily, 2015

The Apostle Paul confesses in Romans 7:18, “I can will what is right, but I cannot do it.” Saint Paul apparently struggled with New Years resolutions like the rest of us! Yet, one of the points of deepest confusion, even among Christians long active in the church and generally familiar with the church’s teachings, has […]

Methods: More than Sharing Stories and Naming Sources

In a couple of different ways and places, lately, I’ve expressed an opinion about what is wrong with current United Methodist debates and what is needed.  My recent post about labels shared a personal experience illustrating the frustration of having people look past what I say and assigning a label that they then use to […]

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