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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

I’m Back!

Hi, Friends!  I will begin posting anew from Epiphany forward, but I am just getting back on my feet from a severe bronchial infection that laid me flat for almost four weeks.  I am digging my way out of a […]

Church Mess-a-phor

Thanks to bud Cathy Weigand for this video.  She sent it to me with the lyrics which I print below.  For me it is a brilliant metaphor for what a diverse, connectional system really looks like — discordant, messy, loud, […]

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