My apologies for my meter-minded friends who are cringing over the title… My friend Rev. Becca Clark and I got to participate in a “shadow pastors” project by the United Methodist Reporter. They wanted to know what an average week was like for four very different pastors in very different contexts. So for a week […]
Archives for March 2011
On 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 you should avoid if you don’t want to get […]
Disclaimer: I received this book free via Mike Morrell. I’m happy to review materials with the only stipulation that I am able to write my own opinions. So I can be bought…but what you buy may not be what you expected! Ha! This review is pretty academic, so sorry in advance. But in fairness, it’s […]
Something 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 my dad and he researched and saw […]
It was a cold December day at a United Methodist campground when the question came: “Is there salvation outside the Church?” There. There it was. When one sits before the Board of Ordained Ministry for ordination in the United Methodist Church, there are certain questions you know you are going to get. Especially when a clergy […]
Picture shot by a friend on Facebook. I mean, I know parking is a problem, but that’s not really welcoming, is it?
At a clergy meeting a few months back (before the 2010 release of the Call to Action report), a very senior pastor of a large congregation talked to a few of us young clergy. He told us to beware of “church growth bubbles,” as he called them. He said that every few years, some consultant […]
I remembered this video being one of my all-time favorites. You are welcome. Happy morning!
In the conversations about Rob Bell, I think that it is helpful to outline exactly what we are talking about in the question of “who is saved?” So I made a quick draft of the chart above. A “primer” means a short introduction. “Soteriology” is the study of salvation: who is saved? who is left […]
I have a new weekly ritual. My spouse is a yoga instructor and she has a new evening class. It happens to be an evening when I don’t normally have programming or even *gasp* youth sports to attend. So I go to a coffeeshop around the corner and read/study/write for an hour. I thought it […]