Methodist Church

My New Pastor Doesn’t Know How Cool I Am

A few weeks back I received an email from our Bishop stating that our District Superintendents will be talking to the clergy who the Bishop anticipates moving to new church appointments. The Bishop, and Cabinet, will also be calling our staff parish relations committee chairs to discuss subsequent moves. The changes were then announced on the following Sunday. Note: If ...

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What can the Church Learn from Election Day?

What can the Church learn from Election Day? The gut reaction may be to say that there is nothing the church can learn from a secular exercise. The kingdom of God is not concerned with worldly kingdoms, and Jesus himself resisted that specific temptation in the desert, and has said render unto Caesar what is his. But rather than write ...

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5 ways to visit a church like you’re not a complete idiot.

We’ve been going about this all wrong. Churches double themselves up in knots trying to please the specific whims of how individual visitors like to be greeted. Most of the time they get it wrong. They over-greet people that would prefer to quietly observe and be left alone and accidentally leave alone people that need their hand held all the ...

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“Women should be silent.” WHAT?!?

It was bad luck for the Baptist denomination that I happened to join my high school friend for Sunday School on the day they were studying the part of Ephesians that mentions women should be submissive to their husbands.  This was my first impression of what a Baptist church was about, and that word “submissive” did not sit well with ...

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The Dilemma of Discussing Death

This is our dilemma. The fear of death is intrinsic to the human condition. In youth ministry, the question of whether you will have to address the issue of death is not a question of “if” but “when”.  Perhaps, the only thing more uncomfortable than articulating a Christian understanding of death with teenagers is the inability to articulate a Christian ...

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Talk about Hell…A Discussion Guide

Is Hell real?  What is Hell like?  What really happens when we die?  How do I know if I’ll go to Heaven?  Is Hell like or unlike a junior high lock-in? When your youth want to learn about Hell, prepare yourself.  Let’s face it, on some issues, take gambling or the death penalty as examples, the United Methodist Church is ...

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Three Things All Methodists Need to Know About Baptism

Baptism is one of the two sacraments recognized as such by the Methodist church. Maybe it’s because we don’t talk about sacraments enough, or maybe it’s because the Baptists have done such a good job making their case in many regions of the country, but many people are a bit foggy on the whole idea. What’s more, why do we ...

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ruining the spiritual lives of youth on purpose

What do you do when you know that a youth in your group would be better suited to another practice of faith? I was talking with a school counselor the other day about a student. I’d be to this counselor for the first few sessions with the youth in question to help establish trust in their relationship. After a few ...

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I’ll Pray for You

I live in the Bible belt, so hearing someone say, “I’ll pray for you,” or “bless your heart” is about as common as finding a restaurant with deep fried food.  My husband and I have joked that “I’ll pray for you” has devolved into this modern-day culture’s equivalent of “good luck with that.”  In fact, if you really want to ...

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What the Church Can Learn From Kickstarter

Do you know about Kickstarter? Maybe you’ve heard your kids talk about it or seen it on the news.  It’s been around a while but is quickly gaining popularity. Check out this description from Kickstarter’s website at www.kickstarter.com “At this very second, thousands of people are checking out projects on Kickstarter. They’re rallying around their friends’ ideas, backing projects from ...

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