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Dan R. Dick

I am the Assistant to the Bishop in the Wisconsin Conference of The United Methodist Church, husband of my beautiful wife, Barbara, dad to my fantastic son, Josh, step-dad to my phenomenal son, Greg, author of fourteen books on spirituality, stewardship, congregational development, research, and spiritual gifts discovery, and an advocate for a more loving, inclusive church for the 21st century and beyond.

Wanted: Heart Warmed — Strangely or Otherwise

I sat through another United Methodist worship service — this time bombarded by thumping, lively praise music extolling how awesome, moist, and shiny Jesus is.  (If you’ve experienced ‘contemporary’ praise music, you know what I mean…)  The energy was high, it was the theology that was missing.  Everything was simple and […]

Pleonexia

Pleonexia — (Plē-ō-nĕx´-ia) — the insatiable desire for more; a condition of deep dissatisfaction with what one has; seeking fulfillment through the acquisition of possessions, prestige, or power. Besides being a great word that’s a lot of fun to say, pleonexia is an insightful description of much of modern culture […]

Christian Fruit Loops

People who know me know that I am very big on fruit: the outward and visible manifestations of the faith we profess.  James says it all when he reminds us that faith without works is dead.  Furthermore, it is not enough just to produce fruit because until it feeds somebody […]

Root Rot in the Theological Tree

Friedrich Schleiermacher offered an interesting, and at the time controversial, challenge to teachers and preachers of the Christian faith in 1811 when he proclaimed that “Christianity needs to be researched and taught.”  His Brief Outline of Theology as a Field of Study, pointed out that much of what Christians believed […]

Going Off Half Cocked

Notice the gun imagery in the title?  Does this mean I believe in gun violence?  Does this mean I am insensitive to the lives torn apart by firearms in this country?  Do you think I support torture? In the past couple weeks, some survey information was shared that indicates that […]

Information, Formation, Transformation

My definition of Christian education is (and has been for over thirty years): Information needed for formation that leads to transformation.  Christian education was a central focus of the research I did on congregational vitality (1999-2006) and I found quite a bit of evidence that confirmed the value of such […]

Survival – Revival – Thrival

Yes, I know “thrival” isn’t a word, but it should be.  We spend so much time in the church talking about ‘survivial’ and ‘revival’ that we forget to talk about what it would look like if we truly thrived.  Last year, “…for the transformation of the world” got officially added […]