Grown-Up Discipleship: Loving Enemies

John Wesley begins the concluding paragraph of his third discourse on the Sermon on the Mount in this way: “Behold Christianity in its native form; as delivered by its great Author!  This is the genuine religion of Jesus Christ.” When you consider the subject Mr. Wesley has been addressing to get him to this conclusion, […]

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, […]

A Follow-Up to Duct Tape

I’m still trying to untangle my tangled thoughts about United Methodism, denominational controversies, and real Christian witness.  “Real Christian” was a term John Wesley used fairly often, as noted by Ken Collins in his biography of Wesley by that name.  I want to be a real Christian. As well, I want to be a loyal […]

Easter Monday

Easter Monday.  The second day of the New Creation.   Because I am again serving as pastor to two small congregations, I preached yesterday.   I followed the lectionary and used Mark 16:1-8 as the Gospel text. Perhaps because of our circumstances, I was taken with how the story describes the response of the women […]

Another Church Split

I’m having a hard time writing this blog, because I have not yet talked to people involved in what I am about to cover. If you’re familiar with Kansas United Methodism, you’ve probably heard about the pastor, staff and bulk of the membership of a new church – GracePoint – leaving The UMC. The pastor […]

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