Devotion from Philippians 1:6, 9-11

Philippians 1:6, 9-11 (NRSV) I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ… And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is Read More

Why Franklin Graham got it both right and wrong

Late last week, the Rev. Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham spoke at to a group of pastors, saying that “God hates cowards.” (You can read about the event here.) used Revelation 21:8 as his Scriptural basis. Furthermore, he took the notion that Christians need not be cowards, but courageous, when it comes to Read More

The dangers of ethical thinking

The danger of ethical reflection is that we create explanations of the world that give results that make our ethical outlook seem necessary. We maintain that the world operates in a way that supports our ethical values, and by doing so, we distort the complexity of life. For instance, pacifists have the temptation to ascribe Read More

Why discussing splitting can preserve United Methodist unity – Part 1 – A Parable

While I do not think there should be any attempts on the part of United Methodists to split the denomination at this time, following the announcement that a group of pastors feel it is time to discussing a go of separate ways, in tandem with other options, there is a bit of wisdom in what Read More

United Methodism, schism, and how we got here

After having a day to reflect (while fighting a cough and a headache) and reading the actual statement released by Good News Magazine on behalf of 80 pastors, it is important to state that there has been no actual call for a split of the United Methodist church. Rather, more specifically, there has been a Read More