The Hidden History of Methodist Schism

The Hidden History of Methodist Schism

As United Methodists face General Conference 2020 and the potential of forming new church bodies, it feels as though the denomination is at a significant crossroad.  As if we are doing something we have never done before.  If only that were true. The truth is,...
Should Gender Matter in Christianity?

Should Gender Matter in Christianity?

Gender and Christianity has been in the news the last couple of weeks.  Specifically the role of women in church leadership.  After telling wildly popular evangelical bible teacher Beth Moore to “go home,” influential fundamentalist preacher John MacArthur clarified...

What's in a Name?

Your congregation has up to six, maybe even seven, different generations in it.  While the oldest generation is unlikely to still be attending worship, they are still part of your congregation.  And the newest generation is on its way in.  Each generation is...

The Voice: Lessons for the Mainline Church

I’m not much for reality TV.  But many a Monday night I can be found in front of the TV watching aspiring vocalists sing their way into the hearts of America. Yup, I am hooked on The Voice. The live finals were last week. Like millions of other Americans, I...

Growing Up with Elie Wiesel

I mourned when I heard that Elie Wiesel had died. I grew up with this Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate.   No, not in Auschwitz or Buchenwald, the concentration camps of his childhood experience, but in the darkened room of my 8th grade Jewish Sunday School class....