A United Methodist pastor’s perspective on a pastoral transition

463192683I think most of the world has seen my Facebook post from yesterday in which I announced that I am being appointed to serve as the Sr. Pastor of the City Road Chapel United Methodist Church in Madison, TN. In that statement, I acknowledged that I had thought at the beginning of the week that I was going to serve in another position at the conference office, but that the Holy Spirit had other plans in mind.… Read the rest

A Prayer for Memorial Day

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

I am haunted by the waters….

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

Chorus:
Make your way down to the river
where the spirit of love’s revealed.… Read the rest

Emergent 10 Years After: A United Methodist Perspective

As I’ve been reading Phyllis Tickle’s new book Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters in preparation for the conference of the same name in Memphis which begins tomorrow, I’ve been reflecting on the past 10+ years of involvement on the periphery of the emerging church movement (if that is what it is) and more specifically what can we show after 10 years of conversation.… Read the rest