Tag: United Methodist Church

Can #UMC-ers ‘Blog It Out’ in Preparation for General Conference?

Joel Watts is attempting to work out what it means to be a United Methodist blogger – as opposed to a United Methodist who blogs. His latest post gets the ball rolling on the subject.

In doing so, he raises an interesting question:

Can, or should we, use [the blogosphere] to settle disputes before the General Conference?

There are certainly questions of efficiency and polity to consider, but why couldn't we make the blogosphere help us make General Conference a better governing body? Anyone who has paid any attention to General Conferences over the past few quadrennia certainly knows how constipated a process it has become. Could our rhetoric and advocacy in the blogosphere lead to a more pleasurable or productive General Conference experience.

To be sure, UM bloggers would have to learn to abide by certain ground rules. That is, if our rhetoric remains deadlocked within the same left-right, ideological malaise, there would be no reason to attempt this type of feat. However, if we agreed to speak with each other and about differing subjects as if we are each creatures of sacred worth, we might be able to incorporate the blogosphere into our polity in this fashion.

Am I off base? What would you suggest?

Let's get talking! 2016 is not far away.


SERMON from 3-17-13: “I Thirst”

This is the fifth of a seven-part series for the Lenten and Easter season. I got the idea from my father-in-law, who serves as Senior Pastor at Mesa First United Methodist Church, downtown Mesa, Arizona. Luke 23.28-29 (CEB) 28 After this, knowing that everything was already completed, in order to fulfill the scripture, Jesus said,

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Video From The Pastor’s Office #17 – “Better Know A Bishop: Minerva Carcaño”

With all the talk about leadership in the Catholic Church this week, I thought I'd take the opportunity to introduce you to a Bishop with whom you may or may not be acquainted. Meet Bishop Minerva Carcaño.


SERMON from 1-20-13: “Dealing With Disappointment”

This is the 3rd installment of a 4-part series. Check my archives for the previous sermons. Mark 4.35-41 (CEB) 35Later that day, when evening came, Jesus said to them, “Let's cross over to the other side of the lake.” 36They left the crowd and took him in the boat just as he was. Other boats

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Mark Tooley, @theIRD, Silent on #SandyHook

Typically, I only mention The Institute on Religion & Democracy when I feel they have reacted to top stories or world events in a less than faithful and compassionate way. I have never brought their name up for nothing at all. Until now. The IRD typically jumps on a chance to include itself in the

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Spitballing the Future of the Church Part 2: Are There More Disillusioned Young Clergy?

  Yesterday, I had a Facebook message chat with a friend of mine.  I will not tell you how close, but he is on the cusp of being ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church.  We had always discussed what was bothering us about different aspects of the the church and the life of

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SERMON from 9-16-12: Bumper Sticker Theology: “Falling Down Doesn’t Make You a Failure; Staying Down Does”

  *Based on a sermon series originally preached at First United Methodist Church in Mesa, AZ.   2 Samuel 11.2-4, 12.13   2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the

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Tooley, the United Methodist?: @TheIRD Prez Takes Aim At Moderation, Tolerance in Wake of Libyan Slaughter

  Mark Tooley carelessly criticizes caring Christians for cheap political and theological points, any chance he gets. Por ejemplo… Tooley’s latest screed was published by the American Spectator, and is a mush of attacks on conservative UM seminary deans, ecumenical group leaders and…”liberal religionists?”  Whatever that is… He even mentioned Terry Jones, the Florida pastor

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Your Dose of @CopelandNetwork Gobbledegook

#Faith comes by hearing and goes by saying. #Faith is released by your words. – Gloria Copeland — Kenneth Copeland (@CopelandNetwork) March 26, 2012 Alright, I have said some things in the pulpit that just don’t make sense.  However, Gloria Copeland had someone post this via Twitter.  This means someone–Gloria, her assistant, her assistant’s assistant–read

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The Dying UMC in the USA: What’s the REAL Story?

Every time a story about the membership rate decline within the United Methodist Church comes out, I notice far too many people taking that opportunity to point out one of two things.  First, they point to whatever social issue they want and say that the UMC’s wrong focus on it is the reason for the

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