Five Little Letters

In case you didn’t know, it’s time for the United Methodist Church’s General Conference 2016. And, just when I thought I’d seen it all, the followers of one of history’s most anal rententive religious figures, John Wesley (they don’t call it “Methodism” for nothing, y’all), have surprised me. It seems that the organizers of the conference had invited Rev. […]

Celebrating Jesus?

This past Saturday, the Western Carroll County Ministerial Association in Eureka Springs, Arkansas put on its 3rd annual “Celebrate Jesus” parade. Lest you think I do nothing but sit around surfing the internet for interesting stuff to write about (I do, but I don’t want you think that), this one actually fell into my lap. […]

Angels Without Wings

On occasion, the staff at College Park Baptist Church will ask members for stories about our lives. At the beginning of Advent, they did it again, this time asking stories about times we might have been visited by angels. Being that CPBC is a rather progressive church, these stories are about people who have come […]

Spirit Or Letter?

Some days, finding a topic for a blog post is not easy. On those days, I spend as much time looking for a something to write about as much as I do actually writing about it. Other days, subject matter will just fall into my lap. Today is of those days; the good kind, I mean. This morning, […]

A Controversial Proposal

In the wake of the UMC’s persecution of Rev. Frank Schaefer for performing his son’s wedding, I read a very good article on the Huffington Post by the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson titled “A Methodist Inquisition“. In it, she spoke of all the trials the UMC faces on this subject including one for UMC stalwart […]

Church Shouldn’t Be a Trial

For those of you who are new here, I used to be a Methodist. I’ve written about UMC extensively, sometimes complimentary, sometimes not. Today is not going to be complimentary. Last year, I gave up my membership and cut ties with UMC as an organization after the general conference when the church voted to continue its […]

Is the Church Failing Young People? Pt V

Bringing Sexy Back? Not Hardlyse Today, we’re talking about sex. Yay! No, not like that. What I mean is, according to the Barna study young people’s religious experiences relating to sex seem simplistic and judgmental to them. I can understand that, as I think the church’s view on sexuality is simplistic and judgmental. I don’t […]

Silent No More

I’ve spent quite a few years as a card-carrying Methodist and I can tell you, nothing makes a Methodist more uncomfortable than the disruption of the orderly flow of whatever’s going on. Methodists are obsessed with order and discipline. Hell, the name of the denomination’s rule book is “The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church”. So […]