#CurrentUnitedMethodism
Under the hashtag #NextMethodism, United Methodist pastors, theologians, and bloggers are putting forth visions of what the next iteration of Methodism will look like. While there is much disagreement among them, all participants seem to agree on an underlying assumption—current United Methodism is dying or already dead. I refuse to […]

What’s your #CurrentUnitedMethodism story?


Dolphin watching family photo.
On Independence Day morning, my family and I took a dolphin-sighting cruise in Pensacola, Florida. We’d driven down for a couple of days in the blistering heat and energy-melting humidity. I guess I needed to be reminded why people winter in Florida rather than summer there. I also needed the […]

Life lessons from dolphins


"Downward Dog" promotional picture.
Sometimes I need to be reminded that God loves me, just as I am. That he’s not waiting for me to do something spectacular to deserve his love, but rather that right here, right now, with all my flaws and shortcomings, God loves me. I got that reminder this week […]

God’s love and ‘Downward Dog’



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“I guess real religion is about knowing we’re not perfect, but trying to be better… together!” Kimmy Schmidt The above definition of church might not pass muster in a seminary class, but it’s not bad, especially coming from one of my favorite Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  In episode 9 […]

Church defined by Kimmy Schmidt


Sunrise photo from pixabay.com, CC0
I wrote this post a couple of years ago on the Monday after Easter, but never posted it.  The day after Easter I commuted to work taking the usual route, passing two cemeteries. As I traveled by the second one I noticed a canopy and chairs set up next to a freshly […]

Resurrection: Triumph over death


Come on up for the rising Come on up lay your hands in mine Come on up for the rising Come on up for the rising tonight Bruce Springsteen “The Rising” 2002 Easter is all about the rising. He is risen! He is risen, indeed! Years ago, I arranged a […]

The Rising: Celebrating resurrection



Cubs 2017 World Series parade.
It is amusing that in an age of high-tech sports that include instant replay, jumbotrons, and on-field communication devices, the celebration for winning a championship is still a parade. A parade! Players ride by in convertibles and flatbed trucks, speeches are barely heard because of terrible acoustics, and the fans stand […]

Palm Sunday: A victory parade without the win… yet


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This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again. Oh…people will come Ray. People will most definitely come. –Terence Mann played by James Earl Jones, Field of Dreams There is something beautiful about Opening […]

Hope, renewal, and Opening Day


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My grandmother’s funeral was on Saturday, and I had the privilege of sharing my memories of her at a memorial. To learn more about my grandmother, see the beautiful obituary my mother wrote for her.  There are two things in my life today for which I give at least partial […]

Memories of my grandmother