Last night I was shocked by the long line at I-HOP until being instructed that it was National Pancake Day, evidently a new holiday. It is of course a secularized version of Shrove Tuesday, which was last evening, and I ideally would have been in a Methodist church fellowship hall eating pancakes, a tradition before […]
As Washington, D.C. is mercifully rendered temporarily inoperable, and as the Anglican communion celebrates the feast day of John and Charles Wesley, here are five entries form John Wesley’s Journal to remind us what snow days were like for the devoted cleric.
More than fifty young United Methodist clergy traveled to Capitol Hill at the end of January to take part in the 13th annual Young Clergy Leadership Forum hosted by the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS). The stated purpose of the Forum is “to put a human face on the Board of Church and Society.” Provisional and Full Elders and Deacons were represented among the participants, and this was the first Forum in which two clergy from Africa were able to participate. The young clergy had the opportunity to meet GBCS staff and hear about the day-to-day advocacy, resourcing, and communication work in which they are engaged. Most of the material presented at the sessions was strong, though a couple of elements left much to be desired.
This blog is NOT about the plagiarism charges against Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll, pictured above, whose impressive effectiveness as teacher and evangelist for orthodox Christianity especially among young people in a very secular region deserves admiration and replication. His Mars Hill Church’s recent acquisition of a majestic former Methodist sanctuary in Seattle, a congregation that […]
The fiftieth anniversary of John Kennedy’s assassination has predictably sparked lots of remembrance but little particularly about his religious faith. He was of course the first and only U.S. Catholic president. Thirty four years before JFK’s election Democrat Al Smith had lost the presidency perhaps in part because of his Catholicism. In 1959, JFK as […]
In my previous post, I highlighted some of the things I didn’t see at Reconciling Ministries Network’s (RMN) convocation Churchquake. In this post, I will highlight some of what I did witness Were I to summarize everything I saw or heard at Churchquake that would shock, bemuse, or anger the typical United Methodist, it would take me at […]
On Sunday after church I had the pleasure of touring “Mosby’s Confederacy” in bucolic northern Virginia outside suburbia, visiting some of Confederate partisan Colonel John Mosby’s safe houses. The rolling hills and quaint villages are now better known for wineries, country taverns, and posh estates. What irony that what’s now so charming and chic was […]
It was President Ulysses Grant who once declared America had three political parties: Republicans, Democrats and Methodists. The great general who won the Civil War was himself a lifelong Methodist, raised in the church and marrying a pious Methodist woman, Julia Dent. Grant himself was not considered very devout, although often church going and respectful. […]
Episcopalians for Traditional Faith has a wonderful email today about the 1928 Episcopal Book of Common Prayer’s influence on President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous June 6, 1944 D-Day prayer, which he delivered on national radio today 69 years ago. Roosevelt began: Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty […]