Month: May 2012

Dan Gangler, @inumconference Use My Suggestion For AC Hashtag (#INAC12)

@icanhasgozpel we have a longer # but I like your shorter version. We will change to #INAC12 — Dan Gangler (@inumconference) May 29, 2012 As a Student Local Pastor, I often have little say in the happenings at our Annual Conferences.  As you can see by the tweet above, I have already had an impact–and

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@ejoelwatts on Deconversion & Why People Leave the Church/Faith

My friend, Joel, posted this quote on his blog: Testimonials at sites like show that people leave religion for a number of reasons, many of which religious leaders have very little control over.  Sometimes, for example, people take one too many science classes. Sometimes they find their faith shattered by the suffering in the

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SERMON from 5-27-12: “Questions My Neighbor Asked Me: If God is Good, Why Do Bad Things Happen?”

Proverbs 3:5-8   5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. 8 It will be

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SERMON from 5-20-12: “Why Do I Have To Go To Church?”

1 Corinthians 12.14-23   14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear would say,

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Conversations with Cleverbot: Fig Newtons Are The Word of The Creator

In a recent email exchange with the Institute for Religion & Democracy, they took an article I wrote out of context.  I told them of their error and received an email in quite a prompt manner.  While not apologizing, they did fix their error and remove the post. They also said they looked forward more

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“Hitler, Obama And The UMC: Three Peas In A Pod”

Now that I have your attention…I need you to read this entire post. I only created this headline so people might read this post, because I feel more passionately about this than anything I have ever done as a minister of the gospel. I never desired this blog to be a place where criticism of

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Journey of the Cross 13: Goodbye, Buckeyes!


It was a real blessing to be on campus at United Theological Seminary this last week, but I–and I never thought I would say this–I was really glad to be back in Indiana.

Just Passed 5,000 Hits – Only Took Me Slightly Under A Year!

  In small-time blogger news, has amassed over 5,000 hits. Not huge, comparatively, but I am happy. Thank you to my loyal readers–both of you–and I will keep on typing.

I Am The “UM Clergy Blogger” @MarkDTooley Is Talking About

UM clergy blogger attacks my @AmSpec piece on #UMC General Conference.… #GC2012 #GC12 @theird — Mark Tooley (@markdtooley) May 14, 2012   What’s the best way to increase traffic to your blog?  Criticize Mark Tooley.

Mark Tooley, @TheIRD Take An Undeserved Victory Lap

Mark Tooley, the neo-conservative president of the Institute for Religion and Democracy (a neo-conservative Washington think-tank with ties to the United Methodist Church), loves to demonize liberals.  The recent victories won by conservative United Methodists seem to have given Mr. Tooley the idea that he can unfairly demonize them in the wake of the United

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