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Hurt Hearts, Frustrated Minds, Closed Doors: The People of the UMC

*First allow me to apologize for neglecting this blog over the last few months. I changed appointments and moved to a new community and so I have spent the last three months unpacking and getting to know my new parish. I am going to get back to writing this Fall because I know all my […]

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A Eulogy for a Country Church

After over 200 years in ministry, Rehoboth United Methodist Church near Pulaski, Tennessee will hold its final service this Sunday, June 22, 2014. During the 2014 Tennessee Annual Conference, a cabinet resolution was read and passed closing Rehoboth and reverting the property to the Pulaski District of the Tennessee Annual Conference. According to some sources, […]

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A Moving Guide for Methodists (and everyone else too)

*Hey, what do you know? A post that’s not about homosexuality or schism.*   It’s that time of year again. Some United Methodist pastors (and pastors from other denominations as well) will change appointments and that means packing up and moving. This year marks my first move as a United Methodist pastor and I am […]

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Irreconcilable Differences: A Response to the Good News Statement on Schism

On May 22, 2014, a statement was released by the Good News Magazine, a publication that holds a more conservative viewpoint on issues of religion and politics, calling for the schism in the United Methodist Church. This statement was followed by a press release from Rev. Maxie Dunham, Rev. Charles Savage, Rev. Larry Baird, and Rev. Tom […]

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Are Christians Really So Blind?

I think God has wondrous sense of irony. The same week that World Vision changes their policy on hiring married gay or lesbian persons and there is a huge conservative uproar including many long time sponsors dropping their children and then World Vision backing down from their policy change, the Revised Common Lectionary Gospel reading is […]

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First, Do No Harm: Ducks, Gays, and the Christian Response

I tried. I really, really tried to avoid the whole Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty, GQ comment fiasco. I tried mainly because I was tired of seeing Phil Robertson’s face every time I logged onto Facebook or Twitter. However, now that Christmas has come and gone and I’ve had some time to watch this thing evolve […]

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I AM a Small Church Pastor and Proud of It

Bishop Willimon’s article stirred up a hornet’s nest in the Metho-blogosphere. (I am pretty sure that was his intent.) I have already responded to certain parts of the good Bishop’s article, but I wanted to take another opportunity to further discuss what he had to say. Bishop Willimon describes the small church as “an exclusively […]

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