One of my deepest concerns about Christians in the U.S. is that we have made patriotism and our Discipleship equal. Or we have done something even more sinister--we have replaced being Disciples with being Patriotic--that somehow they are one and the same. They are not.
1 Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me.
3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5 He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
Psalm 103:1-5 (NLT)
God has quite a sense of humor. I know, I know, just look at me. Last Monday I revived my old musings I did when I was the Community Spiritual Director for the New Covenant Emmaus Community. Little did I realize what a Monday we were going to have and how that Monday Spirit can infect and affect us. Mondays are a bit…
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1 "Do not make idols or set up carved images, or sacred pillars, or sculptured stones in your land so you may worship them. I am the Lord your God. 2 You must keep my Sabbath days of rest and show reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord." Leviticus 26:1-2 (NLT) When this Word came to God's [...]
Here are some words for you to think about during such a time as this in the United Methodist Church.
The United Methodist Church’s version of the Supreme Court, otherwise known as the Judicial Council, will be ruling in October about Karen Oliveto’s consecration as a UM bishop, and they’ll be adjudicating whether an annual conference’s Clergy Session and Board of Ordained Ministry can properly have before them persons who have self-avowed behaviors that are in violation of the United Methodist Book of Discipline. It is basically a question of whether an annual conference’s prerogatives outweigh General Conference’s actions.
The first major Judicial Decision which established that General Conference is preeminent in legislation and supersedes annual conferences’ administrative function, was made back in 1972. In reference to the establishment of the General Council on Ministries, the Judicial Council stated in Decision 364, “The General Conference may not delegate legislative functions and responsibilities which are assigned to it by the Constitution.” This specifically helps us pray for the Judicial Council because…
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There are many experiences we have that are unique to us, but there are many more that can be classified as common to all of us. One of those experiences that we have all had at one time or another is losing our keys. Come on, be honest; I know I'm not the [...]
Dear members of this Tribe, There is so very much about our Tribe that I dearly love. It was here that I was surrounded by God's indescribable grace. It was here that God's Prevenient Grace surrounded me, loved on me and nurtured me. At the age of 16, it was here where I [...]
Before I begin sharing my heart I must, in all honesty, begin with a warning and a disclaimer. The warning is that due to the subject matter, some may find this offensive, even to the point of labeling me something I am not. The disclaimer is that I am NOT being unpatriotic. I [...]