The Big Five

For years, United Methodists have pledged to uphold the church by their “prayers, presence, gifts, and service.”  Just this year a fifth promise was added — “witness.”  It is a little problematic that we’ve added a fifth when we haven’t done a very good job with the first four — […]

The Quality-Quantity Quandry

It’s always nice to connect with your readers.  Here’s an excerpt from an email I got in response to “The Path of Least Resistance Is Paved With Good Intentions,” You have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.  I am lead pastor of an 11,000 member church, and we’re as […]

Amazing Day

It was both inspiring and exciting to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama. America is generally portrayed as a land of opportunity that deeply values diversity and the intrinsic rights and goodness of all people. I am proud to live in a country where such articulated values bear such […]

By Popular Demand!

I want to thank all of you (over 100 so far) who have asked me to continue blogging even though I lost my job with the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville.  I figured my blog would simply fade into the shifting sands of history, but I have received an […]