Unity, Uniformity and the Global UMC

General Conference is a quadrennial gathering of the global United Methodist Church. But by definition, this global gathering is intensely local. Local dialects, languages, costumes, greetings, and worship practices take center stage. This convocation begs the...

The 4 Best No’s Your Church Can Say

The power of affirmation is well known in human relationships. In fact social scientists have identified the ideal ratio of positive to negative statements for happy and healthy marriages and work environments; it’s 5:1. The same applies to churches. Robert Schnase,...

Resolve to Evolve: Get to Know Jesus, Again

This week, I’m continuing to share tips for people of faith who are resolved to evolve in 2014.  Tip #1 was  Get Authentic. Tip #2 is Get to know Jesus, again. When Jesus first came to me in a vision, over 20 years ago, it was a shock.  Not only that he was in...

The GOP, Changing Demographics and the Church

The Republicans learned a lesson the hard way. Mitt Romney’s loss showed, among other things, that the GOP is out of touch with the realities of the changing demographics of the American people.As a whole, we are more Black, more Hispanic, more Asian, more...