What’s Wrong With Us?

The answer to the question, “what’s wrong with us?” is that we are fixated on the question “what’s wrong with us?”  Doom, gloom, decline, conflict, controversy, division, discord — all addressed with a cheery irrational rah-rah attitude.  National events that bludgeon participants with “Death Tsunami’s” and calls to action that […]

Living a Compassionate Life

My Lenten reflections this year pull me to my core beliefs and values — why do I think, believe, and feel the way I do about God, my self and others?  What is it that I truly believe is God’s will for my own life as well as this beast […]

Caught in the Cross-Fire

I find that I am tired of defending the position that Christians should be advocates for the weak, the poor, the oppressed, and the taken-advantage-of.  For me, this is a no brainer.  But I must confess that I err on the side of care for the underdog at the expense […]

Fantasy Planning

Picture, if you will, a small, rural congregation.  The average age in the church is early 60s.  The weekly worship attendance is approximately 50, and there is one nine-year-old who comes about once every three weeks.  She is the whole Sunday school.  The community is a church-going community — about […]

Incarnational Anthem

Happy Lent.  An odd wish, a contradiction in terms, a not-so-subtle missing the point, but then we all know the story ends with bunnies and chickies and chocolate, so we shouldn’t get too excited.  Our church is way too quick to get to Easter.  Forty days in the wilderness, Maundy […]

Segregation of Church & State

It has been an interesting few weeks here in Wisconsin — making the national news almost daily due to our governor, Scott Walker, and his crusade to eliminate collective bargaining rights as a cost-cutting measure to help balance the budget.  There is no doubt that it would produce a short-term […]

Guilty By Dissociation

A fascinating occurrence.  I reported an incident that happened in another conference in an article entitled Guerilla Christianity, and I have had four separate responses from other United Methodist Churches believing that I was talking about them!  Obviously, what happened in the incident reported struck a chord with these other […]

A Case of Misshapen Identity

How we see ourselves is often very different from how others see us.  In my “former life” doing research for The United Methodist Church, I often went to “secular” audiences to get their impressions and opinions about our church.  It was very easy to do, because my office was half […]

Guerrilla Christianity

“Why were we forced to speak nicely to one another?  Why couldn’t we just be honest?” an agitated woman accosted me.  “You have no right to censor us.  You make rules that we can’t accuse or blame or address people directly.  That’s not fair.”  This woman was furious that I […]