Longings for the church that I love: Sharing my heart for the United Methodist Church

I have been a part of the United Methodist Church since birth. I grew up in this church. It formed me. It connected me with men and women who shaped me profoundly. And as nearly all Methodists are now aware, I recognize that we stand at a major crossroads as a denomination. There are so … Continue reading Longings for the church that I love: Sharing my heart for the United Methodist Church

Dear Church, you already have everything you need.

Dear Church, you already have everything you need. In this holiday season we are constantly tempted by commercials, billboards and radio advertisements to consider all of the items we are currently lacking in our life. How have you managed to go on living without a blanket with sleeves in your life? This temptation to continually … Continue reading Dear Church, you already have everything you need.

Divine inspiration and messy human authors: What if even the way we received the Bible points to Jesus?

Recently I was reading “Scripture and the Life of God” by David Watson. It’s a short survey on some key questions surrounding the use of the Bible today. It’s especially helpful in emphasizing the way in which Scripture is given for the purpose of transformation and not merely information. One of the discussions that Dr. … Continue reading Divine inspiration and messy human authors: What if even the way we received the Bible points to Jesus?