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.
Original post at http://robleetheology.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-church-stands-in-solidarity-with.html This past week, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend an end of the school year mass at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church in Raleigh. I was there celebrating with a friend who was completing her studies in middle school. The beautiful service was interjected with glimpses of the Kingdom …View full post
Here’s a story that can tug you two ways … the family that found the Dead Sea Scrolls is now selling small fragments that they still had in a safe deposit box in Switzerland.On the one hand, when you find something, you normally get to keep and sell …View full post
For those of you Jesus nerds who haven’t read James K.A. Smith, you need to change that. Smith names what is probably the most important problem with the way that the church approaches teaching: we teach as though people are most fundamentally rational creatures whose actions are shaped by the abstract principles that they just […]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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