Monthly Archives: April 2008

Chasing Donkeys

We have all done it: chased donkeys.  Not literally chased donkeys.  (Though I imagine that anyone who actually has chased a donkey has a good story about it.)  But we have all gone looking for something, trying to find a donkey, but somehow ended up finding something entirely different.  We go to college looking for an education, and we find a wife.  We go to a concert to hear the main act and fall in love with the lead-in band.  We go to the store to pick up a gift for a friend, and they are sold out of that item, but instead they have another item that turns out to be the perfect gift.  These things happen in life, and they also happened to a young man name Saul. Continue reading

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Thinking like a Bishop: General Conference Primer

If you liked my last post then you will want to read this. Using the same quote from Wesley, the Bishops of the extended cabinet posted their thoughts from it. Better written than my and probably deeper than my analysis, but it does make me happy to know that I think like a Bishop. Here are a few other UM links that are worth checking out. A basic vision and plan of the UM church from those same bishops.  This site has examined all that the extended cabinet has written about.  A lot to wade through, but good stuff.  This guy also has a lot of good stuff and writes for the United Methodist News Service. That’s it, go here for General Conference updates.

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Will We Finally Heed Wesley’s Warning? A Suggested Prescription for the United Methodist Church

The picture on the top of my blog is a picture of the life size (all 5′ 3″ ) of John Wesley. Along with the statue is a plaque with this quote, “I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power. And this undoubtedly will be the case unless they hold fast both the doctrine, spirit, and discipline with which they first set out.” Like a little kid on a long car ride, we continually ask ourselves are we there yet? Are we that dead sect that Wesley warned us about many years ago? My last blog mentioned some of the statistics of our dying congregation. Bishop James Swanson actually began a sermon to new UM pastors with this, “I hope somebody has told you that you are becoming a leader in a troubled, declining organization.” There is no denying that this is a critical time in the history of our church. The crucial question is how will we respond? Continue reading

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Now, what? A look into the UM Church

I love the United Methodist Church.  There I said it, and I mean it.  Now that doesn’t mean I love every aspect or decision of the church, but the capital-C Church is one area that God has given me a passion for.  Now, while I don’t believe the UM Church is for everyone, I do believe in what the church stands for and also whom the church stands for.  However, the Church is dying, or so we read.  We have lost over 3 million members in 30 or so years.  The sad news is that we are not just losing members, the leaders that we have are getting old.  In just 20 years, our young clergy (under 35) has shrunk dramatically from 5047 to 1198.  Many questions can be asked from just this previous paragraph.  Why?  How did this happen?  Whose fault is it?  But the most important question we can ask is: now, what can we do? Continue reading

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Wrigleyville: Our first trip to Wrigley

It’s been almost two weeks since Heather and I visited Wrigley Field. So, it is past time for a blog, but I guess I wanted to just hold those memories in my mind as long as I could. It’s interesting being a Cubs fan. I’ve been one now for 17 years. People often ask me how I became a Cubs fan. Let us begin with that story. Continue reading

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What will Bill Self do? A (mostly) balanced look at OSU and KU

There is no doubt that Bill Self is the number 1 candidate for the OSU job. Why would they have not talked to anyone else for one week after Sean Sutton resigned? Bill Self is their first option, and needless to say their best option. There is also no doubt that they will get their chance to make their proposal to Bill Self. He said as much yesterday saying, “If somebody from OSU calls me, I’m gonna take the call.” Oklahoma St. is his alma mater and in many ways, for a man who has moved around a lot, Stillwater could be home. As Kansas fans, you will read in the National Media, like here and here that Self would be only greedy for going to Stillwater. OSU fans like to believe in the charm of Stillwater (which there is), while not acknowledging that Lawrence is a similar kind of town with a similar rockin arena. So here is my take on what Self will be trying to decide. I’m an OSU fan, so there is that bias, and a hopeful one, so I like to wear my orange colored glasses, but I am not blinded by my allegiance to the university as many OSU fans are, so I hope that you Kansas fans will appreciate my bias, but appreciate more my insight, feel free to comment on how you think that I do. Continue reading

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A 2-day Adventure to Chicago.

Heather and I just visited Chicago for the first time earlier this week during our Spring Break.  We left at 6:30 A.M. on Tues. the 1st and got back in town at 1:30 early, early Thursday morning.  It was a great, quick trip!  A little background on why we decided to go.  About a month ago we attended a couple’s retreat and were encouraged to “go on some adventures” as a married couple.  So about 10 days before we left for Chicago, we had decided to go to Chicago, namely to watch the Cubs play, but also to experience the city of Chicago.  So we got tickets to the Cubs 2nd game of the season, and planned our great adventure. 

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