History will look upon the years that spanned our lifetimes and declare them to be a period of seismic cultural shift. In the same way the Gutenberg Press changed the world in 1439, the advent of the personal computer and the internet has changed the world again. We live in a time when the NormanContinue reading “Does Your Church Want a Future? (then “get” this!)”
BAPTIZED BY FIRE: THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Part I) Acts 2: 1-6 You may wonder why I would write on a topic as historically controversial as the Holy Spirit. For me, it is an issue of disconnect and firepower. The disconnect is that standard practice in most churches does not even remotelyContinue reading “THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Part I)”
Pastoral Statement: I have been loving God, loving people and watching God work mightily at Christ Church for twenty-two years. That some may want those years of work suddenly defined by a “tweet” on the recent St. Louis General Conference is absurd. If you would like to know where I stand, I invite you toContinue reading “A Pastoral Statement”
I would like to make a motion that the United Methodist denomination cease all internal hostilities until after Christmas for the purpose of focusing on Jesus. Can I get a second? We will call it the UMC Christmas Truce of 2018.
For years, I stood in the middle ground of the United Methodist Church. Right-middle to be sure but middle none-the-less. My plan was to batten down the proverbial hatches, keep Christ Church growing (we have grown for twenty-one consecutive years) and hope the denominational storm would pass. When asked about my lack of denominational positioning,Continue reading “Musings on the UMC and the Wesleyan Covenant Association”
What if you don’t HAVE to get less effective as you get older? What if you just have to CHANGE? I don’t know about you but I am not getting any younger. After playing softball for decades, I now find it painful to bend over to pick up a bat, much less scoop up aContinue reading “Staying Effective as an Aging Leader”