One of the things that we church people have done these days is to revere the culture of competence. We have taken the call to be a community of broken individuals working toward wholeness and transformed it into a product to the sold to the highest bidder; a commodity to appeal to the masses.… Read the rest
We admitted we were powerless…that our lives had become unmanageable.
–12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
I don’t know about you, but as the pastor of a traditional, historic, aging, church that has been in numeric decline for some years now, it’s time for me to come to terms with the powerlessness I feel in regards to the trajectory of our ministry together.… Read the rest
About a year and a half ago, a new member to our church community came with a request. He shared that he and his wife were recovering alcoholics, and that they were dedicated adherents to the AA 12 Step Movement, attending meetings almost every night.… Read the rest
Prayed at the May 27, 2013 Old Hickory Memoial Day Observance
God of us all, Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,
we gather this morning as a community,
friends, neighbors, citizens together of your world and our nation.
We gather to remember in a special way
those who have sacrificed their lives in war.… Read the rest
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