Hurt feelings

"Mama, you hurt my feelings!" my seven year old told me in the midst of a melt-down while driving home the other night. She had just gotten in trouble for fighting with her sister (again) and thought that I should be nicer to her because (she argued) pulling her sisters arm nearly out of joint …

Young clergy will not save the United Methodist Church

There seems to be a wave moving across the United Methodist Church to push for the recruitment of more young clergy. As I listened to Bishop Lowry speak last night at the Iowa Annual Conference clergy session I was struck by his words that the church needs to be salted with more young lay and …

As I came home …

As I came home from my ordinand retreat, I sat in the Chicago O'Hare Airport pondering on this long journey towards ordination and the church I am committing my life to. Jeff Mickles, the chair of the Virginia Conference Broad of Ordained Ministry, reminded the 32 of us who will be ordained that ordination is the next step in our …