If it needs to be said, this author is a devotee of satire and a friend of useful cynicism. I sincerely hope that there is no bishop anywhere actually named Achrestos. Continue reading “Meet Bishop Achrestos”
This is the opinion piece which appeared in the May 2018 edition of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate. If you are looking for the essay introducing our congregations to the current crisis it can be found here. This short essay addresses the two proposals by our Council of Bishops to resolve that crisis.
This is an admittedly hastily prepared cut-and-paste document from various presentations I have made on the crisis in the UMC. Some will recognize parts of it from those previous publications/presentations. It is intended as an initial introduction of a congregation to the nature of our problems, the importance of
The Judicial Council will affirm the Consecration of Bishop Olivetto in April. It must. The reasons have little to do with General Conference actions, Disciplinary paragraphs, church polity, or existing precedent, and nothing to do with theology, ecclesiology, or a coherent hermeneutic. It must because it is corrupted by the same fear that has corrupted us all: It is not willing to risk losing its life to save it. It must affirm Olivetto’s election as a matter of survival. Don’t expect bible verses or quoting of Saints in this article—nor in the upcoming decision. Continue reading “Judicial Council To Affirm the Consecration of Bishop Olivetto”
I have refrained from publishing and commenting on social media for about two months. I resume with this post.
After concluding my current appointment in June 2017, I will no longer be available for appointment in the United Methodist Church, I will leave clergy status and return to the laity. Continue reading “Returning to the Laity”
God is Good.
Is something good because God commands it, or does God command it because it is good? Continue reading “God Is Good”
Have you spent more than an hour locked in a death struggle “helping” your child through a homework assignment? Did the battle end because of fatigue and frustration and not because your child had mastered the task? Then you are homeschooling—you are just doing it the most difficult way. Continue reading “You Can Homeschool: You (Probably) Already Are”