Folks on Twitter today are disappointed that the bishops of the UMC did not come up with a plan to save the UMC. For faithful people who care deeply about Jesus and the church, this seems a bit weird. We have a savior and the bishops are not Jesus. Why should the bishops be the ones to save the church? Salvation in the Bible takes time. God did not immediately free the … [Read more...] about Living in Tension
In Andy Stanley's last leadership podcast, Andy raised the issue of conflicts vs tensions. Conflicts and tensions are often conflated with each other. Conflicts are situations that can and need to be resolved. Tensions are situations that need to be lived with. Stanley contends that tension can be healthy in the life of an organization. He gives three questions to be used … [Read more...] about Tension
With a group of United Methodist pastors saying that differences in the church cannot be reconciled, I think it needs to be said that not all differences need to be reconciled. Difference and dissension can be good things. They can lead to truth. I have been reading David Halberstam's The Best and the Brightest. As I read Halberstam's understanding of how the United … [Read more...] about The Need for Disagreement
I was asked to pray at our village's Memorial Day service on May 26, 2014. Here are two prayers that I wrote for the occasion. Invocation - Almighty and everlasting God, Once again we gather to remember those who have died in our country's battles. On this day we are reminded of the high cost of war. With awe, humility, pain, and pride, we invoke their memories. O … [Read more...] about Memorial Day Prayers 2014
Today, on my sermon blog, I posted the last sermon from my sermon series “How can I keep from Singing?” The title for the sermon series comes from one of my favorite hymns “My Life Flows On - How Can I keep from Singing.” I started the series in mid-September and finished in November. The sermon series was my attempt to wrestle with a subject that is at the heart of what I … [Read more...] about How can I keep from Singing?