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The Pew Forum Obituary & the Good News of Powerlessness

“Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” -Lord Acton

 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” -James 4:10 (NRSV)

If you’ve ever been to a Hospice House, you know that there is such a thing as holy dying.  808 more words


One Step Closer: Reflections on My Break-Up Letter to the United Methodist Church

Wow. I’m completely flabbergasted. My last blog post was my break-up letter to the UMC, and I had no idea it would become as popular as it has. 822 more words


Diaconate Call Stories

I’ve been collecting call stories from my friends who are serving in diaconal ministries – ministries of service – expressed in the United Methodist Church… 21 more words


Marionberries and Congregational Development Mumbo Jumbo in the United Methodist Church (a working title)

Around the corner from our house, in the part of town that still farms, there is a farm. We drive up the hill next to it on our way home from preschool. 499 more words


Where Hope Is Found

In silence, I hear its harmonies…

I see it in the smooth pink skin of a newborn
and in the deep shadowed lines of an octogenarian’s smile; 237 more words

Just Part Of The Journey Home

Appeal to Scripture as the Ultimate Authority Leads to Schism

I sat in a giant, rich Baptist church on Sunday, and heard the pastor say, “Just trust me on this one,” as he pronounced with authority the demise of the US and the rise of the Antichrist over the issue of same-sex marriages. 1,308 more words


UMC Homosexuality News

I don’t understand Methodism well enough to know how this matters, or how this represents a “compromise,” but the UMC Connectional Table recently voted to change… 66 more words