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 […]

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. […]

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