Our church leadership culture has failed. It is past time that we set aside the idolatry of corporate leadership structures and rediscover the vastly different way of leading modeled by Jesus.
Readings for Trinity, 5/26/13:Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, Psalm 8, Romans 5:1-5, John 16:12-15Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31:Wisdom, personified as a ‘she’. Sophia in the Greek, hence the controversy of the 90s over the ReImagining Conference where some wo…View full post
Agenda-less fellowship. It’s a phrase that’s been stuck in my head recently. I’m not sure whether it’s from God or not. But I’m feeling a sense that I’m supposed to stand up for it. I’ve read a lot of books about church health which say that the way to be successful as a church is […]View full post
Everyone is just *shocked* that Pope Francis has said that non-Christians and Christians may end up in the same place in the grand scheme of things. I heard the news and yawned and said “Oh, Karl Rahner is in the news…” Karl Rahner was one of the greatest minds in the Roman Catholic Church. His [...]View full post
Okay, I hate hokey little mnemonic devices — even when they work. It is something in my wiring, and I hate it even more when I come up with them, so I apologize in advance. But as I have been preparing a number of presentations recently, I note with some alarm that my key principles […]View full post
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May 23 2013
The United Methodist Reporter: Costs are in, implications still debated, in Bishop Bledsoe controversy
The arguments go on about whether the victim in the failed effort to oust Bishop Earl Bledsoe was accountability for bishops or Bishop Bledsoe himself. What’s beyond dispute is that the episode came at a cost, including financial. The South Central Jurisdiction recently paid nearly $100,000 to cover legal fees and other expenses of Bishop [...]
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May 23 2013
At 23, Dan Magrini was a brilliant student, had lots of friends, a supportive, caring family and was starting college at the school of his choice in a field he loved, creative writing. He had struggled with migraines that started around the sixth grade. When the migraines got worse in high school, his mother took [...]
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May 23 2013
United Methodists who serve churches in rural settings have a great opportunity to transform their corner of the world.
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May 22 2013
Inspiration for composing a hymn comes to Dr. Duck through a variety of avenues. While some hymns are born out of personal experiences, others are commissioned by individuals, congregations or hymnal committees. “Living Spirit, Holy Fire,” included in the United Methodist collection Worship & Song (2011), stems from her interaction with Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC, in Oak Park, Ill.
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May 22 2013
No one would be more surprised than John Wesley, to observe the worldwide impact of his ministry today. He uttered those famous words, “I look on all the world as my parish,” and the result of his notion of spreading the gospel far and near, is the ongoing Wesleyan and Methodist movement in every corner [...]
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