The Pastor’s Burden: 40 Years and Counting

Memorial Day weekend and a family reunion with the graveside service of a brother has given me pause.  This morning during my prayer time, it hit me that I have been engaged in the ministry for now more than 40 years, 30-some of which are on record with The United Methodist Church.  As an elder, […]

That Pesky Method Problem

In my most recent post, I tried to show why I and some other United Methodists don’t find the so-called local option on same sex marriage helpful.  I said I would try a “method” question in a subsequent post, and this is it. I recently read a blog by a UM scholar that stated quite […]

Figuring Out What Unsettles Me about “A Way Forward”

Adam Hamilton’s powerful communication gifts, his love for Christ and the church, and his notable leadership skills have placed him in a position of great influence.  From this platform he appears to be doing all he can to sway us toward “A Way Forward,” the commonly-called local option on same sex marriage.  I struggle with […]

United Methodist Centrist Movement: The Problem is the Paradigm

When I first read the United Methodist Centrist Movement (http://umcm.today) blog, “No Room at the Table for Centrists,” I got an ear worm.  Does anyone remember Twisted Sister?  Irritated that “centrists” were left out of a conversation of five UM caucus groups with the Commission on General Conference, they have made their feelings known. I […]

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, […]

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