Over the past couple of days I’ve read a couple of articles by friends regarding the decision of the active (currently serving) United Methodist bishops to have a closed meeting (which they call a forum). Generally the responses have been negative toward the bishop’s decision, suggesting that the lack of transparency further erodes trust in the bishops.… Read the rest
A song in progress….
I am haunted by the waters
flowing from the start of time.
The streaming fountain of forgiveness
and the claim of love sublime.
So I step into the waters
and immerse myself in you,
and you send to me your Spirit
filling me with love and truth
Make your way down to the river
where the spirit of love’s revealed.… Read the rest
I awoke this morning to discover that Pope Benedict XVI has announced his intention to resign, effective February 28. As a United Methodist and non-Roman Catholic, I don’t have a dog in this hunt and as such probably have little authority for commenting on the resignation of a pope, but as I was reading the news several questions came to mind that are worthy of consideration.… Read the rest
In this morning’s rant on the media, in an attempt to suggest that more folks are are interested in substantive news than might be thought by the media, I shared an anecdote about teaching I received in seminary which suggested that deep study of scripture and tradition wouldn’t fly in the local church, and my own experience of many who were looking for the opportunity to “go deep.”
This one illustration seemed to spark the most interesting comments of the day, including the following commentary:
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I agree with the overall tone of your post, and appreciate it; but the above comment caught my attention. I recently shared with a DS friend of mine that he might be surprised at the number of people who might be interested in learning who God is–a triune God of holy love who is a verb–and who we are–fallen, in need of salvation–and the impact God can have on our lives. I know I have spent years wandering around the church “in a fog” wondering what Christianity was all about. I’ve ended up “doing it on my own” by delving into John Wesley and what true Methodism is about: the salvation of the person in the pew–something The UMC lost a long time ago. If you were told that in seminary, no wonder we never get past the rock bottom basics and get to the point of living a life centered in God as seen in Christ Jesus. After much reading and monitoring the state of the UMC, and my own experience, I can absolutely say that the gospel and its impact on a person’s life is the best kept secret. I can easily name three people in the church who would like to “go deeper”–and I have a sneaking suspicion there are many, many more.
I’ve been spending this week taking care of my sickly mom and her sister who underwent surgery at the beginning of the week. Generally it’s a low demand task – getting a few meals together, making sure that they get their meds on time, and keeping the dishes washed.… Read the rest