Wild dogs, babies and betrayed trust: why the UMC is disintegrating

Trust serves as the glue that holds any society together. We trust that others will obey the traffic laws, will pay their fair share of taxes, will be faithful to their spouses, will respect one another’s property, will contribute a proportionate amount to the common good. When that trust is betrayed, the wounds go deep [Read More…]

Liars, lies, webs of lies, and more lies: time for truth

“Our president is a liar, and we need to find out how serious his latest lies are.” ~David Leonhardt, NYT I’m old enough to remember well when Richard Nixon went down. At that point, I thought all Democrats were of the devil and was sure God was on Nixon’s side and that Nixon would prove [Read More…]

Wild dogs, unwatched babies and trust: Why we can’t heal the UMC

Trust serves as the glue that holds any society together. We trust that others will obey the traffic laws, will pay their fair share of taxes, will be faithful to their spouses, will respect one another’s property, will contribute a proportionate amount to the common good. When that trust is betrayed, the wounds go deep [Read More…]

The Fox in the Henhouse

Is it gracious to let a fox loose in a henhouse? I believe most of us would say a hearty “no” to that, but think about it a moment. Assuming for just a moment that foxes can talk, suppose a fox comes to you, the henhouse owner, and says, I know I’ve had  some problems [Read More…]

Character, Charisma and Covenant

As I have posted openly about my horror over the situation unfolding at  St. Luke “Community” UMC, I have been accused of being judgmental and throwing Mr. Gordon, former Senior Pastor there, under the bus. Three points: First, anyone can begin a church.  Unlike, for example, the medical profession, there are no national standards of [Read More…]

The “Do-Over”

I was recently reading some material about learning to face the things that scare us the most while being reminded again of how difficult real life-change is. We stay stuck in destructive habits and relationships, soul-draining jobs, and unhealthy bodies. We live enlarging our separation from the Holy One because facing the pain of change [Read More…]

Schools and Religious Teachings

I am working on an anger issue right now.  A young person in my congregation made a very age-appropriate profession of faith and requested baptism, a request that I gladly complied with.  The child had not been baptized as an infant.  A some point, a few weeks past this joyous day, this child was apparently [Read More…]