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A Heartfelt Response

While this is a response to a comment left on my “Weighing In” post, I want to reflect more broadly and not make this a purely personal explanation.  That said, I need to go point by point here.  This comment illustrates so much of what I find indefensible in the […]

Weighing In

For the past month I have been working on a couple other projects and have been listening to other conversations.  However, dozens of people have been emailing about my “position” on the current schism debate.  I thought I would take this opportunity to weigh in. Let me be clear upfront: […]

Live Together the Fruit of the Spirit

With this week’s lectionary reading from Galatians, I am receiving numerous requests for the use of this hymn.  Consider this express, written permission to reproduce and use.  Click on the hymn for a downloadable, reprintable .pdf.  (Oh, and my name is Dan R. Dick, not Dan K. Dick…)

Leadership Made “E”-z

Okay, I hate hokey little mnemonic devices — even when they work.  It is something in my wiring, and I hate it even more when I come up with them, so I apologize in advance.  But as I have been preparing a number of presentations recently, I note with some […]

Cheapening the Church

Culture works on church like a cancer.  Popularity is the new standard of excellence.  Having a slogan or a sound bite or a brand is so much more important than being relevant or having integrity.  Our get-‘em-in-the-doors-by-any-means mentality has done more to kill the church than almost anything else, but it […]

GC 2012: Looking Back

Okay, following a surreal April (Korea, a week on the road in-state, two weeks at GC in Tampa) I took a week off to reflect, reconsider, and to hack my way through a rotten chest cold.  Now I am back to review what the heck happened at General Conference — […]

Value-Addled

I have heard the rumor that General Conference costs the UMC $1,500 a minute.  Framed in terms of investment, this is problematic.  What value are we getting from this investment?  So far, we have changed little.  The tinkering we have managed to date is nominal at best.  No set aside […]

Back Soon!

Thanks for the emails and calls of concern — I am not sick, lost, strayed, stolen, spindled or mutilated… I am in Korea, and with a schedule that isn’t allowing me blog time (plus inconsistent Internet).  I will be back next week with a backlog of blogs, plus I am […]

An Unlucky Parable

…excerpt from the recently discovered Gospel According to Bob (not a real gospel…) Chapter 6, vss. 1-41 One day, the disciples noted Jesus deep in prayer.  On occasion, Jesus would open his eyes, draw figures in the sand, then return to prayer.  His reflections lasted many minutes.  Finally, Simon (also […]

Invitation to Prayer

A church trial begins today.  Amy De Long, one of our pastors, performed a same-sex marriage and openly proclaimed her personal relationship with a female partner.  She did so in the context of a church that has not accepted either condition as “appropriate” of a United Methodist clergy-person.  And so we […]

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