Church Leadership

Remembering God in Advent

Twenty years ago, I was given a wonderful opportunity.  A Vanderbilt seminary professor took ill and I was asked to fill in for almost five weeks in a class that explored, among other things, the liturgical year.  It was one of the most freeing and enjoyable experiences of my life.  […]

Diametrically Composed

At what point do differences become irreconcilable?  Visualize a normal bell-curve.  At each extreme, there are polarized, immovable positions.  Three to five percent are so committed to being right and having their own way, that they no longer engage in any interaction that might influence their opinion.  These opponents are […]

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 […]

GC2016 — Four Ways to Be Church

I was asked an interesting question this morning at GC — one I am probably not qualified to answer, but one which I have an opinion, nonetheless.  “Assess the systemic constraint that is holding the church locked in its current deadlock on issues of scriptural authority, moral values, and institutional racism.”  […]

GC2016 — What a Difference Four Years Make?

I am preparing for Portland and ten days of “reporting” from General Conference.  I have intentionally not weighed in on so many of the topics generating dialogue, discussion and debate.  I made a commitment to listen and observe in preparation.  This gives me lots to talk about in the next […]

Which Will of God?

Someone stopped me in the hallway today and asked me, “Do you think God wants you to be a bishop?”  The question took me by surprise.  I have been endorsed by the delegation of my conference (Wisconsin) as a candidate for the Episcopacy.  It is both humbling and an honor […]