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

An Open Letter to Bishop William Willimon

Dear Bishop Willimon, This morning the net was abuzz with commentary about your UMR article on "Church by Committee."  Frankly there was little in the article that surprised me for I've known you long enough to know of your disdain for the system that we are both part of. I have heard you speak pretty … Continue reading An Open Letter to Bishop William Willimon

A Letter to Tony Jones from a United Methodist

This morning emergent guru and bomb-thrower Tony Jones used Bishop Willimon's latest UMR commentary as a justification for shutting down the United Methodist Church. He suggested that all young clergy should get out while the getting is good: I just hope that enough of you young UMC clergy have the temerity to stand up and … Continue reading A Letter to Tony Jones from a United Methodist

A MethoBlogger at General Conference

The details are still being finalized, but I can now announce that I will be part of the team from United Methodist News Service reporting from the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in Tampa this April and May. They are bringing me along as a sort of blogger in residence, including a social … Continue reading A MethoBlogger at General Conference

Planning for Christmas Eve — Re-Working a Traditional Song

It's been my practice for several years now to hold two services on Christmas Eve--an early one that is more family/kid friendly and a traditional lessons and carols late (at 11 p.m.). The late service is always the easier one to plan, for it really just involves readings and hymn selections. However, designing a service … Continue reading Planning for Christmas Eve — Re-Working a Traditional Song

A False Gospel and the Church [Randy Cooper]

As I have thought about it these years, I believe I was captive to the false gospel ofGnosticism though one could perhaps speak of Donatism. Gnosticism is found in every churchbasement, and no seminary is free of it. Among other things, Gnosticism is our dualistic longingfor a pure church and our unwillingness to believe that … Continue reading A False Gospel and the Church [Randy Cooper]