What The United Methodist Church Needs to Persevere and Thrive

Every day closer to General Conference intensifies the feeling of apprehension I have about The United Methodist Church. It prompts the question, “What does the church need to persevere and (even) to thrive?” In the following answer, I’ve tried to boil it down to what I believe are essentials. A Clear Doctrinal Core Every group, […]

Election Day – Leading or Reflecting?

Off and on today, on this Election Day, I’ve been thinking about a chicken and egg question: do United Methodists lead or reflect?  Do we lead, or do we merely reflect the larger culture’s problems?  This is an impossible question to answer, but it is a desperately important one and, whether we can or not, […]

Pressure Points on the Itinerancy

Much buzz is taking place around the United Methodist Judicial Council’s decision to restore the language of the 2008 Book of Discipline regarding “guaranteed appointment.”  Another attempt to change structure (therefore practice) has bitten the dust and, according to the Judicial Council Digest, a major reason for this one has to do with itinerancy. From […]

“Pony Excess” Forgot Part of the Story

It is the morning of the Lord’s Day and my mind ought to aim elsewhere, hence I’m feeling a little sheepish about this blog.  But last night’s ESPN 30-30 documentary about SMU, called “Pony Excess,” is still on my mind. I’m a relative newcomer to SMU, but have quickly become a fan.  I had read, when I first […]

Saying “Yes” to the Appointment Process

(This blog is an updated post from 3 years ago [2/27/2010], as I reflected then about the significance of the time of year for United Methodist clergy going through appointment changes.  Appointment time in United Methodism is always a little nerve-wracking for everybody involved.)   It’s appointment season again in the United Methodist Church.  Cabinet […]

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