Finding the Annus Mirabilis

The world has faced many disease pandemics from the earliest civilizations to our present day. While most of these have brought chaos and uncertainty, something interesting happened during England’s last modern experience with plague. London’s plague of 1665-16666 was potentially shipped there on cotton barges from Amsterdam in the Netherlands sometime in 1665. As itContinue reading “Finding the Annus Mirabilis”

Improvisational Christianity

If you were going to choose a musical metaphor for Christianity, most people would say that Christianity is like an orchestra: the church is the players; the scripture, tradition, reason, and experience are the score; God is the conductor. For many people this works well because it is orderly and neat and wraps things upContinue reading “Improvisational Christianity”

Cleanliness

Read Mark 5:1-43 first. There is a sermon based on this here. For the Jewish people, clean and unclean are not matters of hygiene or morality but ritual. They are understood in relation to being ‘holy’ or set apart. Four categories of things can be unclean: certain foods, skin diseases, contact with dead people orContinue reading “Cleanliness”

Musings – Success!

Some of the best ministry related conversations about my work and calling are conversations I have with my wife. Quite often, she can see things that I can’t, since she is looking from a different perspective. Over the weekend, we had a conversation about what success in the church looks like while I was gettingContinue reading “Musings – Success!”

What is a Methodist IV

Using the Tools of the Trade Playhouse Building 101 When I was a kid, one of the coolest things I remember is camping out with my friend Daniel in his backyard. He was best friend growing up and we spent a lot of time together in school and out. Daniel is probably the smartest personContinue reading “What is a Methodist IV”