Oct 23 2014

everyday theology: Self-Censoring

Listening to the radio this morning on my way to work, I heard the story of Kenny G’s brief foray into political endorsement. He tweeted a picture of himself with some of the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. I knew the political leaders of China wouldn’t like this.  I had no idea Kenny G. was […]

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Oct 23 2014

Via Media Methodists: Refusing Both Options: Scripture and the Via Media with Hauerwas & Brueggemann

“Indeed literalist-fundamentalism and the critical approaches to the Bible are but two sides of the same coin, insofar as each assumes that the text should be accessible to anyone without the necessary mediation by the church.” -Stanley Hauerwas, Unleashing the Scripture The Via Media has many detractors, which is kind of funny because there isn’t […]

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Oct 23 2014

Rev. Brent L. White: People don’t often reject Christianity because it’s hard to believe

While John Lomperis doesn’t say at which “stage of heresy” Bart Campolo was when he served as a United Methodist youth minister (one hopes a very early one!), I otherwise appreciated this reflection on Campolo’s journey, as the son of progressive evangelical leader Tony, from growing up evangelical to becoming the “humanist chaplain” at USC. We often speak […]

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Oct 23 2014

Mustard Seeds: The Judge: What Lies Do We Tell Ourselves (Movie Review)

The Judge makes me want to be a better dad. Like a sequence out of the Old Testament (the feud between Jacob and Esau, the favoritism toward Joseph and its consequences), the screenplay by Nick Schenk (Gran Turino) digs into the … Continue reading

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Oct 23 2014

Hacking Christianity :: Rev. Jeremy Smith: Religion and Doctor Who #GeekGospel

A great one-hour lecture on Religion and Doctor Who to make the scifi and religion geeks happy!

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Oct 23 2014

The Heart Of The Matter: Multiple Roles In A Single Day

As I think back on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 — that is, yesterday — I realize with no little gratitude all the different roles I played in one day as pastor of Good Shepherd.

  • First, there was sermon internalizer.  Way before I left the house yesterday, I spent some quality time with this Sunday’s sermon, one more in a daily process of preparing to deliver it without notes.
  • Second, I was blogger.  Upon arriving at the office, I posted yesterday’s blog about AA, the language of recovery, and Good Shepherd Church.  I typically write those posts the evening before, but for a variety of reasons was unable to do so until yesterday morning.
  • Next, I was staff leader.  We had our weekly staff meeting of 25 people or so, and I wanted to make sure we were all speaking the same language regarding our Beyond Capital Campaign and the possible questions that might arise.  (Thankfully, I did not have to play the role of staff referee, as we have a terrific collection of people who are more focused on group mission than on individual ministry.)
  • I had a quick, quirky thought that turned me momentarily into a tweeterHere it is:
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    When a #umc clergy tweet begins with “Humbled that,” chances are that what follows is something we’re pretty proud of.
    — Talbot Davis (@TalbotDavis) October 22, 2014

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  • For a brief time I was sermon preparer / wordsmither.  I had a few minutes to work on a message in the upcoming Baby Invasion series we’re doing for Christmas.  I know what I want to say in that sermon but I’m working on the how.  
  • Via some email correspondence, I was denominational advocate.  I love the United Methodist Connection except for those times I don’t, and so a few of us attempting to think through ways to love it better.
  • Later in the day, on two separate occasions and in very different venues, I had the role of development director.  What does that mean? Directed conversations about lead giving to the Beyond Campaign.
  • Still later it was marriage counselor / spiritual director.  
  • Finally, with a good friend from the church, I played one of my favorite roles of them all: Door Knocker/House Blesser/Evangelist.  We blessed eight houses of new movers to the Charlotte area.  
  • The day concluded with a few roles that were not necessarily work-related:  YMCA go-er, dinner eater, and early to bed sleeper.

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