Reflections on Pentecost

During FTE, Jess Reynolds asked me a question I don’t think I’ve ever been asked before, “What do you like about ministry?”. The question is more nuanced than I want to admit because it doesn’t ask what I love about ministry, rather what I like about it.

I’m Done Mourning

This morning I woke up and went to a coffeehouse/bakery and sat with a man who survived decades in a cult. I got to hear his story and share a bit of my own. I had the privilege of reminded him of God’s love for him. He is a gay man and has spent most…

“Agreeing to Disagree” Since 1993

No such laws were made to force uniformity, and thus true Christian unity was able to blossom. Often, a criticism of Lesbian and Gay Methodists and their allies is that they are bending to culture; yet here the Methodists in Great Britain are leading culture by showing that it is okay to disagree, but it is not okay to discriminate.

Race and Mainline Decline

Talking about the population decline of the mainline denominations is almost as popular as eating apple pie. Yet, one main source of decline is completely ignored, no I’m not talking about how mainline denominations are “too liberal”, their real problem is that they are too White. By now we all know that Millennials (my generation)…

Let Us Build a House

At the Southwest Texas Annual Conference this year I was appalled at the United Methodist Men (UMM). The mission of the UMM is “Helping men grow in Christ, so others may know Christ” – somehow a few of them thought the best way to do this was to wear hand stitched “stoles” with the words…