You’d think that this would be the time of year when the Grump is at his grumpiest. You’d be wrong if you thought that. Actually, I love Advent and Christmas, especially now that I don’t have all the pressures I once had when I was the pastor of a local church. Back then, I was … Continue reading It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Grumpmas.
I saw this on an episode of Portlandia today: Finally, we have a diagnosis! (Stick around for the end, a famous member of the Grump clan shows up–trash can and all!) In Grumpiness we Trust, The Grump Continue reading Finally–A Diagnosis!
My job as a college chaplain often puts me in situations where I ask myself, “How did I get here?” and “What am I doing?” For instance, when I came here four years ago, I was informed that the chaplain was in charge of pulling something together for Veterans Day each year. ‘OK,’ I … Continue reading How Did I Get Here? and What am I Doing?
(Source: Donkey Hotey https://www.flickr.com/people/donkeyhotey/ Under a Creative Commons Share Alike License.) Yes, I get it. You’re tired of politics. We all are. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Now that my emotional purge is over, let’s begin. This political cycle is by far the strangest and most contentious that I have seen in my short 40 years on this earth. On … Continue reading Grumpy Politics
The Mock Turtle and The Gryffin sing “The Lobster Quadrille” from Alice in Wonderland (1999) Every year at annual conference it happens–someone up on the stage (by “someone,” I mean an aging Baby Boomer) gets to rocking out on a particularly peppy worship song, and then someone else (by “someone else,” I mean a well-meaning elderly … Continue reading “Join the Dance!” (No.)
Eat your oatmeal, kiddos… Continue reading Eat Your Oatmeal
“I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid, lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power.” –John Wesley, “Thoughts Upon Methodism,” 1786 These words, written by John Wesley near the end … Continue reading Dead Sect, or New Charism?