Insights From A Former Methodist

The Methodist blogosphere (yes, it exists) is abuzz about the recent series of posts from Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv.You can read them in succession here. Click on the link, and scroll down to the posts from February 22 - February 27.Groeschel started ministry...

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The Dangers Of Being An Evangelical

I am a self-avowed, practicing evangelical.As part of a denomination which has in my view suffered at the hands of theological liberalism, I am not ashamed of my beliefs regarding the divinity of Christ, authority of Scripture, the reality of both eternal gain and...

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Who Manages The Brand?

Most American companies employ specialists in brand management, which is the art and science of marketing products to consumers.Brand management has its origins with Procter & Gamble , my wife Julie's employer for the first seven years of her career in sales....

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A Wesley Cult?

Sometimes the eyes of an outsider can help you see things in an entirely new light.A couple of years ago, our District -- the Charlotte District of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church to be precise -- held a continuing education event...

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John Wesley & David Crowder SMACKDOWN

As some of you know, John Wesley included this instruction in his "Directions For Singing" that prefaces every Methodist hymnal:Sing [these hymns] exactly as they are printed here, without altering or mending them at all; and if you have learned to sing them...

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Overheard

In my almost-20 years of full-time ministry in the United Methodist Church, I have overheard some "you can't make stuff this up" remarks come out of the mouths of United Methodist people. Preachers, usually.Most of what follows is first-hand, with a smattering of...

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A Trip I’m Honored To Take

As you read this, Julie and I are headed to Jacksonville, Florida, for the second annual gathering of pastor of the 100 largest United Methodist Churches in the USA.I posted about last year's event here and here.There are more than 35,000 United Methodist...

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ReThinking Seminary?

Below is the recently adopted "Statement Of Mission, Vision, and Values" for The School Of Theology At Claremont, one of the 13 official United Methodist-related seminaries in the U.S.:STATEMENT OF MISSION, VISION AND VALUESAt its March 2008 meeting, the Board of...

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Methodist Holy Land

For the next couple of days I am at Lake Junaluska, NC attending the 2009 meeting of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference for the United Methodist Church.That's a mouthful.It's the yearly gathering of every United Methodist pastor and one lay member per pastor...

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The Dinosaur In The Methodist Room

I have been in Methodist-preacher-gatherings in which the subject of our denomination's stand on homosexuality was the elephant in the room -- a topic which, for the sake of holding on to the congenial vibe in the meeting, no one wanted to address.Yet this week, I...

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