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, or lack of trust issues, surfaced. Nearly half the delegates walked away saddened and defeated by the church’s continued focus on sexuality as the root of evil and sin rather than far more significant issues that permeate and hurt the witness of The United Methodiist Church.  Bishops…

More Thoughts on the Scandal

An insightful friend, who is not a United Methodist,  wrote me today about the situation at St. Luke and Tyrone Gordon.  She asks, after doing as much reading about the situation as she could, Very interesting that the pastor gave up his credentials and then the church pretty much said that ended it for them.  Did that mean they stopped investigating the alleged incidents because the man was no longer a ordained minister of the church?  I didn’t get that.  Don’t they want to know if it happened on their watch?  And then don’t they owe it to those he pastored during…

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 the very kingdom of God had come into their presence and invited people to be with him, to gather others as well.  He reminded them that God brings signs of grace through the strangest people, like the cowardly Jonah and even a very rich queen. He insisted…