Month: November 2009

Hyper-Adventillating

What, precisely, are we looking forward to?  We live in a culture of immediate gratification, and we already know how the story turns out.  We’ve been here dozens of times before — after all, it happens every year.  We have managed to layer cultural crust over the sacred celebration to […]

Extreme Thanksgiving

I often marvel at the apparent idiocy of extreme sports.  Normal, somewhat sensible sports like skiing or skateboarding or diving are transformed into death-defying high risk endeavors by people who seek thrills and the challenge to do the impossible.  Athletes and lunatics attempt to make difficult sports even harder, and […]

With Fulfillment

Kudos to Circuit Rider for the Nov./Dec./Jan. issue focusing on ministry with the poor.  So many other voices share my conviction that ministry “with” is our future, rather than ministry “to” or “for” the poor (so I must be right).  Of the Four Areas of Focus of The United Methodist […]

Pushing Buttons

It’s tough having opinions.  I love to write this blog, and I use it to share my perspectives — for what they’re worth.  I try very hard to say that these are my views and nothing more.  I often try to write in provocative, and sometimes controversial, ways for no […]

The Neverending Story

I had an odd experience yesterday.  I stopped off for lunch on my way to Milwaukee at a Taco Bell for a “nourishing” meal, and was waited on by a young African-American woman.  While I ate my lunch, the woman floated through the dining area handing out information so that […]

Dumbfounded

There are times that I am stunned to silence (not many, granted, but a few…) by my own denomination.  I wonder what it is that we believe and what our witness to the world really is.  The latest brick in the wall of incredulity came when I saw that William […]