Should a Senior Pastor’s salary be more than 4x the salary of the lowest-paid employee? 5x? 10x? The question may surprise you.
In high school I took a semester of Economics (almost went down that career path too–I loved the “systems theory” part of that class and obviously I continue to use systems theory today). In the class, we studied some social issues from economic perspectives, using our principles learned in real-world applications. I’ll never forget the […]
If you logged into your Facebook or Twitter in the past 24 hours, you might have noticed a lot of red. In response to DOMA and Proposition 8 being argued in front of the Supreme Court, folks online are turning their profile pictures and cover photos red in support of both those laws being overturned. […]
Young Adults lead the church through Spark12I cannot tell you how excited I got when I opened my feed reader this morning and saw the writeup on a young adult-led initiative in the United Methodist Church. At first I was excited that I’m friends with 3/4 of the leadership team…and then when I saw what […]
Teleological Ethics [mission.hack]My pastor in high school was Rev. David Stephenson, who is now a Reverse Missionary to Bolivia. On one of his many trips to the region, he sat next to someone who had the following conversation: I sat next to a guy on the airplane on the way down here yesterday, and he […]
General Board of Global Ministries videoThis is a great video from the GBGM taking to heart the issues surrounding poverty (in all its forms). Check it out: Website: Ministrywith.org | HD version of the video: Youtube.com
How to talk about justice while in the ordination processOn old-timey maps (the ones where the world was flat and you would fall off the edges), they would write hic sunt dracones in the unknown regions, literally “here be dragons.” This term denote dangerous or unexplored territories…places where the wise need not dwell. Places where […]
Charity v. Justice in the Buy-One-Get-One TOMs eraSomething about me: I have a strong distrust of flashy campaigns for mission organizations. Back when I was in high school, our church youth group did the 30 Hour Famine by World Vision. Great idea, flashy logos, pre-packaged info packets for the youth minister. I mentioned it to […]