Grumpy Politics

(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

“Join the Dance!” (No.)

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.)

Dead Sect, or New Charism?

“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?