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 […]

Still Looking for the Middle

On occasion, I write a post that I’d rather not.  This is one.  Many people are blogging about the proposals floating for United Methodist division or unity.  I feel obligated to add my two cents’ worth. With fervent sincerity I want to say how much I appreciate the bloggers and editorialists who, with generosity and […]

Semi-Final Thoughts: Bad Choices and Divine Revelation

(For the next few months, I have added responsibilities in my work at Southern Methodist University.  Hence, my blogging will be even more spasmodic than usual for a while.)   Fearing Moral Talk With this post I’ll bring to a close, for now, this little series on college students and what they show us about […]

Why We’re Dealing a Bad Hand

The “Why” of Bad Institutional Policy Officially, institutions of higher learning don’t care what college students do in their private lives, “after hours,” on their own time.  I say institutionally, because, of course, most people who work in higher education actually care deeply.  We love college students and want to help them become successful adults. […]

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 […]

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