Final Reflections on General Conference

I’ve read all I can find about the final, inconclusive, disturbing and yet almost liberating end to General Conference.  I wish I could have been there, but this way from the distance I was free to spend many hours in prayer for the situation. The badly need restructuring just didn’t happen.  Huge, scary trust issues,…

Lean and Mean or Deep and Wide?

I’m sitting on an airplane to NYC to begin my Sabbatical, which will include much thinking and writing about the nature of a healthy church culture. I am both pastor and gardener.  The first by occupation, the second by avocation.  I love both venues.  I also often say that there is no place like the…

A Modern Day Parable

Jesus had just experienced a really busy day.  He’d healed some guy who had been unable to speak, freeing that dear person from being chained to silence by evil.  When the newly freed one began to speak, the crowds turned on Jesus, accusing him of being the Evil One himself! Jesus explained to them that…

Sleepless Night, Soul Agony

It was a night spent in prayer for every single person involved in this situation at St. Luke UMC.  Whatever happens here, the ripples will go far and wide. The older I get, the more aware I am that there is no such thing as a neutral action.  We either help grow the kingdom of…