A Modest Proposal: The Minimum Standards in the Texas Conference

My friend Jeremy Smith, whose blog Hacking Christianity I’ve followed for years, posted yesterday about my conference’s Proposed Minimum Standards for Entering Candidates. As I have a little bit of knowledge about this, I thought I would offer some clarifications and challenges to what he has written. If you are new to my blog, welcome! […]


UMCOR Haiti avatar


I don’t know if the good folks at UMCOR are gonna appreciate this, but I’ve quickly cobbled together an avatar for use on Facebook, Twitter, etc. to help support United Methodist Committee on Relief’s Haiti efforts. United Methodists have already donated more than a million dollars, and tomorrow’s special offerings will bring much more; I […]


What to Get a Savior Who Already Has Everything?

There’s a lot of talk these days about Christ and Christmas, and what’s appropriate to say and do at this time of year, especially as a person of faith. With so many going to worship this evening to inaugurate the Christmas season, I thought perhaps a brief word on the subject might be appropriate. One […]



Flipping through the wonderful new handbook from United Methodist Communications, I was impressed again by how much ministry our church does with so many people in so many places. The handbook does a great job of putting into words and images the scope of ministry (and structure!) in which our denomination engages. (I’m even in […]


Twitter and Mission Fields

In “The Goal of Twitter’s New Homepage?” the social media gurus at Mashable suggest that Twitter is expanding their horizons: rather than being a network all about you, what you’re doing, what your friends are doing, and what BTW, my standard defense of Twitter is that it is a place to engage real people and […]


Full of Life

Sorry for the bloggus interruptus, but I’m back now. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what is going on at the Student Center: what kind of ministry do we want, what kind of effect should we have at Lamar and elsewhere, how do we get there. The thing I keep coming back to is […]