A Moment of Community Hysteria

“Community hysteria” is a term to describe overblown responses to instances of policies or actions that contradict the communities’ sensibilities. One example is the World Vision decision to allow future employees to live in a monogamous, same-sex marriage, if allowed...

Traveling through the Wilderness

At our board meeting last week, Good News president Rob Renfroe used the metaphor of “wilderness” to describe where we often are, both personally and as a church.  This metaphor struck me as a perfect way to depict our “wandering” denominationally over the past 40+...

Standing with the Persecuted Church

Last week, I had the privilege of attending a meeting on religious persecution that had some excellent speakers who outlined the current situation in the Middle East.  Most people are aware of the ISIS public execution of Christians, like the beheading of the 21...

Conversation or Propaganda?

Since spring of 2011, The United Methodist Church has witnessed a concerted campaign by activists supported by much of the leadership of our denomination to change the church’s position on marriage and sexuality.  Looking back, one can see the progression and discern...