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Does the UMC need a Donald Trump to emerge, willing to disrupt the status quo? Can the UMC move beyond the debate of human sexuality, which is really a debate over power and money, and live into is mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world?
Rev. Rob Lee announces his recently signed book deal exclusively with Crackers & Grape Juice. Rob opens up about the new role he finds himself in as a public theologian as well as what he has learned about race in America traveling and preaching at churches he once never dreamed of preaching in.
On Wesley Theological Seminary (and whether or not anything good can come from it...), the need for repetition, submissive liturgical postures, the rarity of the Word, sex and fornication, and the challenge of preaching on difficult passage
If Belinda Carlisle is right, and Heaven is place on earth, where is Hell? What is Hell?
On wild and wonderful West Virginia, creation as conversation, reclaiming the darkness, faith as disruption, elevating the Spirit, names with definite articles, the violence of baptism, and John as the first hipster
2017 was not as bad as some have made it out to be. Here's to saying "goodbye" to 2017 and "howdy" to 2018. Cheers!
Is Belinda Carlisle correct? Is Heaven a place on earth? Well according to St. Paul, Belinda might not be wrong.
Where is the promised peace? Should we preach political sermons on Christmas Eve? Why does the victory feel so fragile? When was the last time we trembled in church?
n this episode Tripp and Diana respond to questions from the live audience including: Why is the 2nd Advent necessary? Why is Advent important for white people in a world full of racial inequality? What's right with the church?
Diana reflects on the announcement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the importance of the 2nd Advent, Divine vs. Human Agency, and how to teach our kids about the already but not yet of God's Advent.
Because there is so much going on in this story, and the writer of Mark wrote such a condensed account of the ministry of Jesus, and on top of that uses misdirection, we miss it. The people in the synagogue did not miss it. Yes, they were astounded by the spirit being cast aside but they knew what was going on. They saw something different happening.
But what happens when God incarnate is the one calling us to repent and believe? It is easy to blow off the street preach as we walk out of Starbucks or to flip the channel when the slick-haired televangelist begins preaching. It’s easy to not make eye contact with someone on the street or turn off the television and go play with our kids. It is easy to write off the story of Jonah, but what are we to do when Jesus calls upon us to repent and believe?
Year after year we see the wise men as minor characters in our children’s Christmas pageants and fail to see that for us, Gentiles, the wise men’s visit to Bethlehem signaled, just as Simeon declared in the Temple, that Christ had come for all people.
Simeon and Anna were ordinary people. Neither of them held the title of Reverend in front of their name. Simeon and Anna were ordinary people faithfully waiting for God to move.
The beginning of the story is great. But, the ending is missing.
As scandalous as this story is, as unbelievable as it is that God’s favor is shown in the womb of an unwed, teenage virgin, God is empowering those who are least likely to view themselves as being favored by God. God empowers those who know it or not, are capable of miraculous tasks when overcome by the Holy Spirit.
All of us are called to be in ministry. Each of our calls will look different. No one person will have the same call as their mentor colleagues.
What we miss in avoiding the tension between Thessalonians and Revelation is that while it may be hard in this life we have the confidence of knowing what happens at the end of the book: God wins. We win. Christ’s holiness wins over “failure and disappointment,” “separation and abandonment.”
Jesus is pretty clear about children in the Kingdom of God. This is one of the subjects within Jesus' teaching where it is hard to twist the meaning of His words
What I do matters because you depend on me. What you do matters because a community of disciples is impossible without you. They way we speak of one another matters because when we speak poorly of other disciples we are showing to the world how we fail each other. We are then telling the world that our differences are bigger than the One who created and the One who was present at creation.