The Inerrant, Infallible Bible: The Hermeneutical Crisis #UMC #UMCschism

The blogosphere exploded last week after the primarily anonymous “Gang of 80″ announced through Good News their desire to split The United Methodist Church. In my opinion, anyone who thinks this attempt to separate is “good news” has never been through a church split or divorce, but they feel that an interpretative issue is irreconcilable. Infallibility and Inerrancy One paragraph of their…

The Ninety-Nine and the One

What does it cost to do the right thing? Especially when doing the right thing means your whole life comes tumbling down around you? A whole life that is good, well-lived, and couples business expertise and success with the respect of the larger community? A movie, Locke, explores that concept in an agonizing 90 minute…

Baggage Check

I recently returned from a quick trip to NYC. As do so many others, I determined to carry my bag on the plane to avoid the checked baggage fee. With both incoming and outgoing flights, I was in the last boarding group. In both cases, the flights were full and the gate agent suggested those…

Reflections on Les Miserables

Why does Les Miserables move me so much? This past weekend, I watched an incredible Broadway performance of that famous musical. At the end, as I stood cheering and applauding, I was also weeping openly. Why? I don’t cry that easily–and I know the story extremely well. I’ve even read the book from upon which…

The Biblical Basis for the Rape-Marriage #UMC

I just read this powerful, compelling, heart-rendering article  by the Rev. Wil(da) Gafney, Ph.D., associate professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, reminding us that the horror of the Nigerian girls being abducted into these “rape-marriages” has a sound biblical basis. – See more at: http://um-insight.net/the-biblical-basis-for-the-rape-marriage-%23umc/#sthash.hfixNpvf.dpuf The author is…

Jazz and The Church

Today, the increasingly famous Denton Arts and Jazz Festival kicks off.  I can hardly wait. Several years ago, I offered a message comparing the church to several different kinds of musical groups. I showed video snips ranging from genuinely awful beginner bands to superb choral/professional orchestra combinations. When we watched the jazz band, we found…