Christian Education

Sometimes a Grape is Just a Grape

From the Gospel According to Bob 12:21-34 “Then, they went aside to a quiet place, and in the shade of a sycamore tree they rested.  Jesus spied a wall covered in vines, heavily weighted down by wild grapes.  Taking one, he placed it in his mouth, and an ecstasy came […]

A Hattie Hack Christmas

I simply cannot get through the Advent and Christmas season without being transported in mind and spirit back to the days of my childhood Sunday school.  My teacher from the time I was four year’s old until I turned seven was a spinster-lady by the name of Hattie Hack.  Henrietta […]

The Joy of Learning

One of the major changes made to the Wisconsin Annual Conference gathering each June is the addition of a learning day.  It is ironic how much resistance I met when I first suggested the idea (“that’s not what people come to conference for,” “people won’t want to add an extra […]

Narrative Transformation

In recent comments, an interesting thread appears: how do we in the church have open-ended conversation about the deepest and most challenging aspects of our life together?  Too often, we have no vision for what a new or different conversation might look/sound like.  When we think about changing our thinking, […]

Teach

I may get blasted on this.  That’s okay.  I am sharing almost twenty years of similar responses here, and I think we — especially clergy — need to listen.  Laity across the United Methodist Church are sending four messages loud and clear:  prayer, stewardship, evangelism and Bible are NOT being […]

Forced Choice

This past week I have been embroiled in discussion and debate about our openness to highly intelligent, well-educated people in our United Methodist Church.  First, I have been surprised by the number of people from our churches who think poorly of smart people — assuming that they deserve anything that happens […]