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
A week or so ago I was asked by a colleague in ministry who is in a new appointment to come talk to his finance committee. He was new in ministry and his church had just reconstituted a functioning finance committee and languishing for several years.… Read the rest
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What I’ve loved about my experiences with UMC churches so far is that each one has been different than the last. Once I spoke to a UMC church plant that met in a theater and was comprised primarily of young adults under 40.
as the birds chirp outside the window,
and the sun begins to peek through the shade,
I turn my eyes to you.
It’s time for a new day,
not simply the rising of the sun and the procession of the clock hands,
but the rising of the new light in our lives.… Read the rest
Ken Carter is a friend, colleague, mentor, and I hope will soon be a bishop. He wrote a great blog post reminding us that much of what we need to move into the future is already at our disposal. This paragraph resonated with me:
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Our gift to the individual seeker and to a jaded and degraded society is the fullness of Gods grace and holiness.