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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 … Continue reading Emergent 10 Years After: A United Methodist Perspective

It’s All About Relationships

Several years ago I was visiting a friend of mine’s church when I noticed signs posted on almost every surface in the church proclaiming that congregation’s “theme” for the year. “Christ Church – It’s all about relationships!” the signs said. I confess that my initial response to this theme was less than positive at the … Continue reading It’s All About Relationships

Yesterday

A frantic phone call.A rushed shower.Speeding down the highway wishing that the car would go just a little faster. A colleague, parishioner, church member, friend stretched out on the floor with the breath of life gone. Tears.Hugs.Phone calls.Prayers.Plans.Remembering that God is with us.A quick trip back to the church.Questions with few answers.Conversation.More tears and hugs.More … Continue reading Yesterday

The Future of the United Methodist Church

I met Mike Baughman through a curtain in a convention center in Tampa. I was working for the United Methodist News Service as a social media maven. Mike was in a similar role for the United Methodist Reporter. Our desks were next to one another, and I had a great time getting to know him, … Continue reading The Future of the United Methodist Church

A blatant plug for a friend…Interview with Rachel Held Evans

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. Another time, I preached at a UMC church in which most of … Continue reading A blatant plug for a friend…Interview with Rachel Held Evans