Month: August 2009

Christian Nerds Unite!

Until a few years ago, I hid a shameful secret.  I read comic books.  Oh, sure, when found out by others I would try to ennoble my guilty pleasure by calling them “graphic novels,” but the honest truth is I love immersing myself in the Marvel and DC universes whenever I […]

How Deep the Well?

With apologies, this is a “rerun” of the post I put up in March.  A number of people have asked for it to be “made available” because they had trouble finding it.  I’m just reposting it to make it easier to find.  The topic is clergy self-care, but it applies […]

Martyrdom or Majesty

Perhaps the biggest surprise I received at “Charm School” (the denominational training for District Superintendents and Directors of Connectional Ministry) was a widespread sense of burden and sacrifice that presenter after presenter lifted up and focused on.  (Not all of them, but many… our plenary speakers on Poverty and Global Health […]

Enough About Sufficiency

If I hear another middle class beneficiary of white privilege talk about “sufficiency” I am going to throw something!  Of all the pretentious, patronizing, and paternalistic (even though many of the voices are female) perspectives our blessed leaders could take, none are more disingenuous.  Such platitudes as “living simply,” “doing […]

Creating the Frankenchurch Monster

I sometimes get accused of being negative.  Okay, fine, this post is definitely negative.  However, it is not a blaming or accusing post.  It is merely describing something bizarre and ugly — patchwork bodies of Christ, slapping together bits and pieces (s0me dead) to create a well-intentioned mockery of life.  […]

A New High Score

I note with some satisfaction that I passed the 100,000 page view plateau today.  Yes, it took me seven months to do it, but from extremely humble beginnings United Methodeviations is now averaging 5,000+ hits a week.  I realize this is small potatoes to sites like United Methodist Reporter and […]

Charm School

All this next week (August 23-28) I will be attending the New District Superintendent & Director of Connectional Ministries Orientation hosted by the General Boards of Higher Education & Ministry and Discipleship & our Council of Bishops in Lake Junaluska.  This annual shindig is lovingly known as “charm school.”  It is […]