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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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I See Love: Good Friday Homily

Some see a Jew dying at the hand of the powerful Roman Empire. Some see a prisoner alone, denied, and abandoned by his friends. Some see a troublemaker getting his just desserts. Some see a peacemaker whose words of love were rejected by the World. Some see a dreamer wasting his life on what could […]

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God Cannot Be Removed

Rachel Held Evans wrote an excellent post this morning that inspired this post. Her thinking is very similar to my thinking and so our conclusions may be similar, but I wanted to express my own thoughts on this subject. One of first questions asked after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut is the same questions asked […]

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Keep Calm and Eat Mor Chikin or Don’t

The latest controversy to sweep over the country, including the Christian blogosphere, is due to recent comments by Chick-fil-a President Dan Cathy that are in support of a “Biblical definition of the family unit” (I wonder if that includes the use of concubines) and his opposition to same-sex marriage. This has created an outrage among […]

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Where Are The “Good” Christians?

This question, posed by Muslim American comedian and writer Dean Obeidallah, on CNN’s opinion page caught my attention this afternoon. Dean gives examples of extreme “Christians” speaking out against Islam, homosexuality, and other hot button topics. These include an incident where “Christians” went to an Arab festival in Dearborn, Michigan with a pig’s head on […]

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