Second Weekend in London: Plays, Parties and Politics

The Theater London is known for its theater, so Friday night, Jonathan, Adriana and I decided we’d indulge. Adriana and I dropped the boys at her sister’s where they would spend the night and hopped a train and tube to Jonathan’s office, right off St. James Park in the heart of London. As we emerged…

Poverty is Everyone’s Problem: How Can We Do Ministry WITH the Poor?

Imagine this scenario:  You and your family are, as are most people in the US, what is called “asset poor.” That is, if family income suddenly disappeared, you would have inadequate reserve cash to live even at the federal poverty level for three months ($1962.50/month for a family of four) and stay current with your…

Five Advantages to the Mid-Year Move

In The United Methodist Church, most clergy moves generally take place in the summer, after our Annual Conferences. This traditional time, along with school year schedules and extended summer vacations, are relics of our agricultural roots. Summer months had to be set aside for the survival needs of crop care, sowing, harvesting, and preserving. It’s…

A Re-thought Life

Although technically, my retirement doesn’t take place until  tonight at midnight, for all effective purposes, I retired Sunday at 12 noon. I had picked this last Sunday of the year to say goodbye because it is normally a very low attendance Sunday and I figured I could be in worship with my congregation and then…