The five most important things that will change your life, attitude, church, community, children…well everything

The last few days I have been bombarded by articles that give me the top phrases to say (or not say), the top three things to do to keep volunteers, the top five things my church needs to change, the top ten things I most need to make sure my children hear from me, and …

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 …

Revelation

We just finished studying the book of Revelation. It took us about eight weeks and we worked out our faith in this hard book together. My challenge as a leader was to make a commitment to studying Revelation from a point of grace. This was a challenge because so many prepared studies on Revelation teach …

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 …