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”
It is a defense mechanism we hold in common—when we realize that the practical action demanded by our professed beliefs requires some pain—we look for an avenue which will justify inaction while assuaging our conscience. We are at the point in a controversy where many who spoke boldly at first are starting to realize there will be a cost for acting on their stated principles. They are already starting to turn, and we are hearing once again the old phrases, “give the bishops room,” “wait and see,” and “let the process work,” as though they’ve never been said before. I write this to hopefully strengthen some of us who have not yet yielded to this temptation and to encourage others of us who have sought shelter in false peace to return to our first passion. Continue reading “No Painless Way Forward”
Labor Day was established as tribute for the common worker and the struggle for fair treatment by management, finance, and government.
We celebrate it with a holiday where the only ones getting a day off are mid and upper level management, bankers, and government employees. So that these may enjoy their holiday, the common worker must still show up for work.
A more hopeful outlook on this matter can be found here. Read it. I want the author to be right. I fear the ones in whom he trusts are not as charitable as he is.
Most of us have a practice within our personal and professional relationships to always allow for the most charitable interpretation of an individual’s words and actions. When there is any doubt as to their intent—assume the best. Someone turns in a report with erroneous information. Is it a lie? Is it incompetence? Did they believe it to be true, but relied on a faulty source? Is it a transposition error that they aren’t even aware of? With no evidence to support any of these theories it is best to approach the situation with the most charitable of interpretations. However, if the individual has a long and uninterrupted history of presenting faulty information which always results in their personal gain, then it is reasonable to presume that the most charitable interpretation is the one most likely to be wrong. Continue reading “Seven Things the Council of Bishops Executive Committee Got Wrong”