Betwixt Here and There — The Consultation Dance

This past January, after much prayer and soul searching (and a bit of divine revelation) I informed my Staff Parish Relations Committee of my intention to ask to be appointed to another church. I have been at Antioch UMC for seven years and have had a good ministry. I wasn't facing any mutiny in the … Continue reading Betwixt Here and There — The Consultation Dance

Raining on the Parade: The Failure to Support New Potential Clergy

Ed note: It's been a while since I have written here, partially because I have moved my Nashville social commentary to http://justnashville.wordpress.com, but partially because I really haven't had much to say. I am hoping that recent changes in my schedule will allow for more commentary here on faith and life in in the United … Continue reading Raining on the Parade: The Failure to Support New Potential Clergy

The Missional/Relational Dilemma (The Flip Side)

As I've thought about the comments on my last post, it seems that somehow folks think I am arguing for an "either/or" perspective on a congregation's focusing on mission and relationship. Obviously, from the beginning of this entire church thing, relationships have been important. The early Christians gathered regularly for the breaking of bread and … Continue reading The Missional/Relational Dilemma (The Flip Side)

What’s Up In Worship

Phil Dillingham is a friend in ministry, a neighbor, and the pastor of the Priest Lake Christian Fellowship here in Antioch. Priest Lake is an interesting place, birthed in the charismatic renewal of the traditional Churches of Christ here in Nashville. It’s a place that doesn’t get much publicity, and Phil is a pastor who … Continue reading What’s Up In Worship

What’s Up In Worship

Phil Dillingham is a friend in ministry, a neighbor, and the pastor of the Priest Lake Christian Fellowship here in Antioch. Priest Lake is an interesting place, birthed in the charismatic renewal of the traditional Churches of Christ here in Nashville. It’s a place that doesn’t get much publicity, and Phil is a pastor who … Continue reading What’s Up In Worship

Sally Morgenthaller @ TN Annual Conference, Session 3

Live blogging Sally Morgenthaller’s presentation to the TN Annual Conference 2009 Starts out with a clip from Ice Age How would you tell some of the parables in images like was done in the clip? Henri Nouwen saw the great painting of the prodigal son in Leningrad, which opened up the entire painting, leading to … Continue reading Sally Morgenthaller @ TN Annual Conference, Session 3

Sally Morgenthaler @ TN Annual Conference, Session 2

Live blogging from the stage of Sally Morgenthaler’s presentation to the Tennessee Annual Conference. Sally is the founder of Sacramentis, and a reknowned leader in the area of worship. I’m not sure the outline form really works for this, but bullet points don’t work in this template, so bear with me… Are you ready to … Continue reading Sally Morgenthaler @ TN Annual Conference, Session 2

Sally Morgenthaler @ TN Annual Conference – Session 1

Live blogging from the stage of Sally Morgenthaler’s presentation to the Tennessee Annual Conference. Sally is the founder of Sacramentis, and a reknowned leader in the area of worship. Revelation 5 as a model of passionate worship. What are you passionate about? Sally’s recent passions – Family grandchilds: Nathan and Roman Family is a passion … Continue reading Sally Morgenthaler @ TN Annual Conference – Session 1

Sally Morgenthaler @ TN Annual Conference – Session 1

Live blogging from the stage of Sally Morgenthaler’s presentation to the Tennessee Annual Conference. Sally is the founder of Sacramentis, and a reknowned leader in the area of worship. Revelation 5 as a model of passionate worship. What are you passionate about? Sally’s recent passions – Family grandchilds: Nathan and Roman Family is a passion … Continue reading Sally Morgenthaler @ TN Annual Conference – Session 1

Belief, Practices, and Re-Thinking Church

I’ve been re-reading Tom Frank’s excellent book, The Soul of the Congregation and while this thought is usually before me, it jumped out at me tonight as a good reminder: …people generally do not adopt a set of beliefs called “Christianity” and then pick out a church in which to express them. People become “Christian” … Continue reading Belief, Practices, and Re-Thinking Church

Nashville must support General Hospital

April 26,2009 written by Rev. Jay Voorhees As a pastor, I spend a lot of time in area hospitals. Fortunately, when most of us seek healing in a hospital, we trust that insurance will cover most of the bill. However, for growing numbers of Nashvillians, money is a huge concern when they need health care. … Continue reading Nashville must support General Hospital