It Ain’t Just About Local Congregations

The Call to Action Interim Operations Team of The United Methodist Church has issued its final report and has, I think, disbanded.  I have recently read the account of their report in The United Methodist Reporter and I have seriously mixed feelings. The report, says the article, “calls on the denomination to..’.refocus a higher share […]

Too Much Erring on the Side of Grace?

I have often heard from among people of my own denominational ilk that we United Methodists are “people of grace.”  That’s true, in one sense.  Anybody who has gone to seminary or read certain writings on John Wesley’s theology run across terms like “prevenient grace,” “justifying grace” and “sanctifying grace.” We also talk about the […]

A Prophetic Reminder from a Christmas Past

Well, I have taken quite a vacation from blogging, but for good reason, I hope.  I’ve been working on a book manuscript and have submitted a proposal to a publisher.  I’m waiting to hear.  But I’ve been thinking about this blog and feeling ready to climb back into the saddle.  Nearly at the same time, […]

The Bane of Religion: Evil Speaking

From John Wesley’s Journal – “November 5, 1747: I began examining the classes, and every person severally, touching that bane of religion, evil speaking; as well as touching their manner of life before they heard this preaching; and by comparing what they were with what they are now (emphasis added), we found more abundant cause […]

What My “Crazy” Charismatic Friends Always Teach Me

Over the past weekend, I made a quick trip to Kentucky to spend some time with dear friends who work together in a mission organization.  For many years I worked with them until I felt like my new job at SMU necessitated resigning from the board of trustees.  But these friends and Gospel co-workers are […]

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