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Doing Without Christmas

Here is a sermon Barbara and I delivered at the Hudson UMC on December 4: (sorry about the formatting) Dan  Oh, man, I cannot believe it is December already!  This year has just flown by. Barbara  I know, and it isn’t going to get any better.  I have two projects that absolutely  MUST […]

GC2016 — Day Eleven, Friday

Last Day.  The End of Times.  Don’t count on Jesus coming back any time soon.  If he is anything like most of the delegates to this year’s General Conference, it may take him a few days to recover.  There has been so much attention (I’m as guilty as anyone) on […]

GC2016 — The Tragedy of Our Current Reality

General Conference has taken a nasty turn and an unfortunate direction, with ascribing malice and assuming negative intentions.  Civility is at a minimum, and people are now on the attack.  My sense is that we are witnessing ineptitude, incompetence and ignorance, not intentional malpractice.  We are not being led well, […]

GC2016 — Losers and Losers

We are engaged in a fascinating bog here in Portland.  There are strong and many calls to draw a definitive line in the sand to say who is right and who is wrong, who will win and who will lose.  We have come to the place where no one can […]

GC2016 — What Are Rules For?

A question United Methodists seem to love to hate is about our rules.  Are our rules, mainly delineated for us in our Book of Discipline, made to be followed or to be broken?  Are rules absolute and unquestionable or are our rules evolving and bendable?  Why have rules if we […]

Give to Stamp Out Malaria

I have never done this before, and promise not to do it often, but I will be walking this Saturday — World Malaria Day — to raise funds for Imagine No Malaria.  The United Methodist Church made a commitment to work with other groups (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the […]