The Annual Conference is Still the Basic Unit and Why It Really Matters

To date, I have taken a pass on signing on to any of the various proposals offered to resolve some of the woes of our United Methodist Church.  One of the main reasons I have not – which I’ve publicly expressed – is that I don’t know how any future organization of the denomination will […]

Another Lesson in the Power of Doctrine

Yesterday in worship we sang the old Gospel hymn, “I Stand Amazed in the Presence.”  It’s one of those songs that gets me all choked up.  I know, part of it has to do with my upbringing: Sunday night worship in those little Methodist churches my Dad served.  We sang all those songs either from […]

Developing Players, Developing Disciples

People who care about their craft borrow ideas and resources wherever they can find them in order to get better at what they do. Having worked in college for almost twenty years, I’m obviously very interested in student development. I grew up loving sports and I, like many others, find inspiration and occasional good advice […]

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. […]

Christmas Morning Musing

While I wait for the Rankin home to stir, a thought on the Christmas Day Gospel reading from the Book of Common Prayer: John 3:36 – “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.” (NRSV) It’s always risky to lift a single […]

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