By Mike Coyner Sometimes you hear something, and you just want to say “A-ha!” I felt way that recently when I was a part of conversation with some of my judicatory colleagues here in Indiana. I heard Episcopal Bishop Cate Waynick say, “Jesus did not command us to agree with each other, Jesus commanded us to love one another.” Immediately I knew she was right, and her insight is so helpful in our current situation in our United Methodist Church… Read more

Christian leaders who are obligated to speak out on current events don’t have to join the media noise. Silence says more than punditry, writes a seminary professor. This post originally appeared at Faith & Leadership. By Jason Byassee It has been a while since the sickening week during which we watched the videos of two African-American men under arrest apparently executed by the arresting officers, and then 12 Dallas officers gunned down as they policed a protest against those shootings…. Read more

There might be nothing so frustrating as working for an entire day, feeling exhausted when the day’s over – and getting nothing done. How is this possible? More than once, when scanning back through my day I’ve felt bewildered. I’m tired so I must have been productive, right? A phone call, a quick drop-in meeting, a few emails, driving off to a meeting, replying to a text, checking how my latest post did on Facebook. I barely get to the… Read more

Derek Snook’s social enterprise staffing company, In Every Story, pays higher wages, rewards reliability and hard work, and aims to transition workers to full-time jobs. This post originally appeared at Faith & Leadership. It’s 5:45 a.m. and still dark in Charleston, South Carolina, darker still in the shadows beneath Interstate 26, the main corridor into the low country’s booming hub. Despite the hour, a steady trickle of commuters is already moving on the freeway. But beneath the overpass, another group… Read more

  By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. In her book Killosophy, poet and aphorist Criss Jami says, “Telling an introvert to go to a party is like telling a saint to go to hell.” I’m an introvert.  I like to write.  I like to read.  I like to think.  I like to listen to music alone.  While I can network socially, I need down time afterwards to renew. I read a book called Quiet:… Read more

By Mike Coyner During the NCJ Conference last month, the candidates for bishop were asked in a forum sponsored by BMCR (Black Methodists for Church Renewal), “What question do you think we in the church have not yet asked or not yet fully answered?” Several of the candidates gave excellent answers, of course, and it helped us gain insights into them and their potential to serve as bishops. I found myself wondering which question I would have named, and I… Read more

Spiritual maturity as leaders requires us to know how to help just enough not to be hurtful, and we also need to know how to lead just enough not to take leadership away from others. Read more

by Zen Hess Read Part 1 here. Seeking the Welfare of the Nation: Military and American-ism My second concern, the one I said was more dangerous, is that Grudem’s reflections centered chiefly upon the welfare of America. Of course, choosing an American president must consider the welfare of America. There are several reasons, however, that we must also consider the welfare of other nations. One reason comes from Grudem’s explanation of why we should be involved in politics in the… Read more

by Zen Hess Grudem’s Argument: Trump is a “Good candidate with flaws” Is it moral to choose the lesser of two evils? A better question might be, “Is it moral to have less blood on your hands?” Dr. Wayne Grudem recently wrote an article for Townhall about why voting for Donald Trump is a “morally good” choice. I should say that I respect Grudem immensely and do not mean anything hereafter as a personal attack. I wish only to engage… Read more

Although it is commonplace today for Christians to create organizations that tackle social problems, that approach was an innovation in the American Protestant church, says one of the nation’s top church historians. This post is reprinted from Faith & Leadership. The American Protestant church’s great innovation was its voluntary organization, but organization alone did not guarantee success. The real key to thriving is focus on mission, said Mark Noll, the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of… Read more

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