The New Worship Wars

Photo by Donald Tong on Pexels.com I remember several years ago that one of the big churchy buzzwords (or maybe "buzz term" would be more appropriate) was worship wars. Basically, this was a term used to describe the struggles many congregations faced about traditional versus contemporary music in their worship services. Many churches opted to … Continue reading The New Worship Wars

Thoughts on the Latest General Conference Postponement

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

A TL, DR Sermon: The Lost Sheep

Matthew 15:21-28Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Going into my final year at Asbury Seminary, I did an internship where I worked with some of the homeless population in Lexington, Kentucky. The experience was a profound eye-opener that had a major impact on my life and my ministry. Among the lessons I learned was that much of what … Continue reading A TL, DR Sermon: The Lost Sheep

A TL, DR Sermon: “YOU Give Them Something

(I'm at new appointment - more on that another time - and we have not been meeting in-person for nearly a month due to COVID-19. For people in my midst who don't have reliable internet access and are unable to watch our worship service recordings, I've been including condensed versions of my sermons for the … Continue reading A TL, DR Sermon: “YOU Give Them Something

Racism and Conspiracy Theories are Incompatible with Christianity

As I scroll through social media, I'm disturbed by much of what I see. What we're seeing is an unprecedented time in world history where information is so easily shared and, at least for the most part, this is a good thing. Unfortunately, this also means that the ease of sharing false and misleading information … Continue reading Racism and Conspiracy Theories are Incompatible with Christianity

Imagining What’s Next in the Methodist Movement

John Wesley preaching at the market cross in Epworth, England. There was a time - 2016 to be precise - that I was completely against any sort of break off within the United Methodist Church. Part of me still wishes to find some way to maintain some sort of unity, but my views have softened … Continue reading Imagining What’s Next in the Methodist Movement

“We Don’t Need to Stream:” Lies Churches Believe

I want to tell you a story about a guy named Vlad. First, you need to know that Vlad is not this man's real name, it's an alternate identity he crafted for himself as part of his hard rock lifestyle. Vlad is a guy from Kentucky who found the Facebook page for the church I … Continue reading “We Don’t Need to Stream:” Lies Churches Believe

An Open Letter to Pastors Still Having In-Person Worship Services

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Dear Brothers and Sisters: First, you need to know that this comes from a place of deep love in Jesus Christ. My intention is not to start a fight or to bash you. However, I need to have some real talk for a minute. If you're continuing to have worship … Continue reading An Open Letter to Pastors Still Having In-Person Worship Services