God Bless America? Really?

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.

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7 Signs You Have Sacred Pillars And Sculptured Stones

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 [...]

Expanded Prayers for the UMC Judicial Council

Here are some words for you to think about during such a time as this in the United Methodist Church.

A Potter's View

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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An Open Letter To My United Methodist Sisters And Brothers (wherever you are)

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 [...]

The Americanization Of The Gospel

     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 [...]