Monthly Archives: May 2016

Faith unbound

No one taught me the gospel I proclaimed. I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11-12 paraphrased). Whatever else we Methodists did during General Conference this month, we certainly reaffirmed our inability to agree on matters of human sexuality. We’ve tackled the issue head-on in every General Conference since 1972, four years […]

Tell it slant

“Tell all the truth but tell it slant,” Emily Dickinson advised. “Too bright for our infirm Delight / The Truth’s superb surprise / … / The Truth must dazzle gradually / Or every man be blind.” Someone, unquestionably well meaning and hungry for something more, once asked after one of my sermons (back in the […]

Listening with the heart

The miracle of Pentecost was not about speaking in tongues; it was about hearing with clarity. The Spirit of God was poured out on all flesh not that we might speak in unfamiliar languages but that we might hear a familiar truth whatever our language, whatever the differences that distinguish and seem to separate us. […]

You are witnesses

Two weeks ago I spoke of the need for the church to find our voice during this election year. We need to participate in the public dialogue and contribute our perspective in the effort to define and enrich our life together. A nation of people looking for reason to hope today needs us to account […]

Church without walls

What does the death of the church look like? “To everything there is a season,” the Teacher wrote, “and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted” (Eccles. 3:1-2). Does anyone expect death […]