Earlier today, the General Commission on General Conference released a statement that announced the further postponement of General Conference to 2022. Almost immediately after, the Council of Bishops released their own announcement about a virtual called session of General Conference to be held on May 8th to take action on 12 specific items that will … Continue reading Thoughts on the Latest General Conference Postponement
Over the last couple of days, there has been a lot of hang wringing and gnashing of teeth about a recent survey that indicates that clergy in the United States are less influential in everyday life, almost being considered "irrelevant." On social media, I have noted a lot of people being openly concerned about what … Continue reading The Decline of Clergy Influence: Why the Surprise?
It’s been no secret that I have been skeptical of the Wesleyan Covenant Association. Specifically, I have been skeptical of the true motives of the organization. My fear is that this group would exist in order to bring about the divorce of the United Methodist Church. In other words, that WCA would be the groundwork … Continue reading My Thoughts on #WCAMEMPHIS (So Far)
Yesterday as I was driving into Stanton to run some errands, I heard my phone chime with a message. When I reached my destination, I checked my phone before I went inside. It was a message from a friend and clergy colleague in the North Georgia Annual Conference with a link to the website of … Continue reading In a State of Grief
Here is the letter I sent to Senator Rand Paul and Senator Mitch McConnell regarding my gross concerns about Betsy DeVos. If you have not done so, I encourage you to contact your senators to vote against her confirmation as Secretary of Education. Dear Senator Paul/McConnell, I hope this email finds you, your family, and … Continue reading Letter to the Kentucky Senate Delegation on Betsy DeVos
I became a paramedic to provide medical care out of a hospital setting to the sick and injured. I, for the most part, enjoyed my career and I was able to even save a few lives along the way. One of the things I discovered early on in my career was that a large part … Continue reading Paramedics are taught not to risk their lives after mass shootings. Rightly so.
Since last Monday, I have been in the land of England on a Wesleyan pilgrimage. While this might sound like a fancy name for a sightseeing tour while on vacation (or "holiday" as the Brits say), this has been a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn, to study, to grow, and to touch history. … Continue reading Following in the Footsteps of the Wesleys
I've made no bones about the fact that I'm not a lifelong Methodist. I grew up in another denomination and at some point I began to question what I was being taught and what I had always believed. It was thanks to my wife that I joined the United Methodist Church and came to realize … Continue reading Not Calling for a Split
This letter is also being emailed to my state Senator and Representative. If you would like to use this letter as a template for your own, please feel free to modify it however you wish. I encourage you to contact your elected officials and encourage them to support line duty death benefits for EMS providers … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Kentucky General Assembly about EMS Death Benefits
Dear Mr. Jeram, I have been following with great interest the ongoing saga involving Houston County EMS and the mandate that you helped to craft which prevents them from effectively doing their job. This policy, while you may have intended it well, endangers patients and can very possibly cause great harm to them. The policy … Continue reading An Open Letter to Houston County, TN Commissioner George Jeram