I thought this was interesting… You ever notice that those who are deeply charismatic (we can define that properly later) are anti-institutional while those who are pro-institution are anti-charismatic? Sure, that is a disastrous generalization, but I wonder how many exceptions to the rule there are? Anyway, Fr. Farley is an Orthodox priest. When I […]
Lately, as is so often the case, when I turn to read Ephesians, I inevitably get to chapter 4. It is honestly the oddest thing I experience. I read chapter 1…then chapter 2…then chapter 3…and then bam! there is chapter 4. Again. Happens all the time. This particular chapter is immensely important because the author lays […]
Recently, I went to Cuba. The readers of this blog know this. Many of my friends know this. Even those around me at the office know this. This is a series of reflective posts based on that experience. Note, I am not a pastor and will not be in the ordination process — either as elder […]
For the past month, I have done something different to conduct a nonscientific and informal study…I have actually paid attention to the common insults doled out to me during conversations about a variety of topics. The insults I will address here have come when I have simply articulated the position of the church, and not […]
Yeah… I miss it.
I really wanted to blog my way through the recent trip to Cuba, but to be frank, there was just so much that I needed to not put anything down in writing. Anyway, I made some video clips and now I am putting them together.
When I first explored joining the United Methodist Church, I was told that the United Methodist Church does not require one to think a certain way — but only to think. This high intellectualism attracted me because it allowed me to explore my Christian faith through the power of the mind, something lacking in fundamentalism. […]
In all of the discussion of the various proposals for the UMC at the upcoming General Conference, I find myself drawn back to one in particular. No doubt there are some who will write this off as me just being my normal conservative self, but that is not actually the case. Let me explain. When […]
The Wesleyan covenant prayer has been making the rounds again. It is a beautiful prayer that I myself find moving and effective. This year I have seen a new contemporary version of the covenant prayer that claims to be in the Wesleyan tradition. At first I was pleased. I think that there is some value […]