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The Rev. Dr. Thomas Lane Butts Article

May 27, 2010

Dr. Thomas Lane Butts: On Decision Making

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Lane Butts (UMC)

Dr. Thomas Lane Butts writes, "The intensity of our struggle over decisions varies from unconscious decision making to literally agonizing over what to do.... There are some intentional steps we can take to order our lives in such a way as to save ourselves from agonizing over every decision." Read on...

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow Article

May 26, 2010

Bruce Reyes-Chow: The Radical Place of God in a World of Religious Extremes

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow writes of a "middle place" in the religious discourse, a place "where we are forced to examine everything about how we live and what we believe."
The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori Article

May 26, 2010

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori: Looking for the Spirit in Your Community

The Right Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori (TEC)

In her Pentecost sermon, the Episcopal Presiding Bishop says, "Where is the spirit coming down? What fire is the spirit lighting in you? How much time have you spent out there asking that question? Because we’re never going to experience that wholesale descent of the spirit if we’re disconnected from the world out there, where God is already and abundantly at work." Read on...
The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow Article

May 25, 2010

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Book Review: Open Leadership

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, moderator of the PCUSA, writes, "Charlene Li offers up a thoughtful book that helps folks to navigating all of this social technology hubbub, this time from the perspective of leadership." Read on...
The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon Article

May 24, 2010

Bishop Will Willimon: Numbers Aren't Important?

The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon (UMC)

Bishop Will Willimon writes, "How do we Methodists define effective clergy? We do it with one word: growth. Effective clergy know how to grow the church in its membership, witness, and mission." That requires keeping track of the numbers...read on.
The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins Article

May 24, 2010

Dr. Jamie Jenkins: Wesley's Aldersgate Experience

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

Dr. Jamie Jenkins writes, "...On this date in 1738 John Wesley, the Father of Methodism, experienced his 'heart strangely warmed.'" The rest is history. Read on...
The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow Article

May 21, 2010

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Letting Go of Institutional Nostalgia?

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, moderator of the PCUSA, writes, "...we are in a time of transition like we have never known. At levels of society from civic groups to churches to government it does not take a bunch of studies for us to know that if we are going to truly thrive into the future, the ways in which we engage the world and one another have got to change." Read on...
The Rev. Dr. Thomas Lane Butts Article

May 21, 2010

Dr. Thomas Lane Butts: Valedictory Address from the Past

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Lane Butts (UMC)

This is the season for graduates of high schools and colleges to hear what noted speakers and classmates have to say about the future. While going through some old files recently, I came upon the Valedictory address I gave at my graduation from Repton High School (a rural school in South Alabama) in 1948. If asked to address the same subject at age 80 that I addressed at age 18, I would not change anything in principle. My only observation is that tomorrow got here much, much more quickly than I could have dreamed 62 years ago.
The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon Article

May 19, 2010

Major Moves in Ministry

The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon (UMC)

All of the gospels depict Jesus and his disciples as people on the move. They never stay anywhere long. Jesus teaches or performs some wonder, then immediately moves on.
Bishop Mark Hanson Article

May 19, 2010

Bishop Mark Hanson: Strangers Among Us

Bishop Mark Hanson (ELCA)

ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson writes, "How are we doing in extending hospitality as a church? When I ask ELCA members to tell me about their congregation, I often hear that they are 'just like a family' or 'so friendly.' As admirable as those qualities are, we may forget that it is not always easy to be a stranger coming into a family." Read on...