Friday Festival: How Shall We Respond?

Often when I review blog posts for this weekly roundup, it takes me a while to see a theme emerging. And sometimes I never do see one. That was not the case this week, in the wake of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. A significant portion of the 150 new blog posts… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: UMC General Conference

Our Pastoral is Political column this week is shared by Pastor Bromleigh McCleneghan. Hundreds of United Methodists from around the globe are gathered in St. Louis today for a specially-called General Conference to discuss the way forward as a church desperately divided over human sexuality. The outcome of these few days will determine, in large part, who… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Fishing for People

Simon Peter… fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” … Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” (Luke 5:8-10) There are several call stories for Revised Common Lectionary preachers this week. The challenge for the… Read More

Friday Festival: Incarnation Impact

  It’s the fourth day of Christmas, and we may still be working our way back into whatever “normal” looks like for us. The world around us seems to shift gears with relative ease. “Happy Holidays” has been replaced with “Happy New Year”; Christmas candy has been discounted to make room for pink and red… Read More

Friday Festival: Regaining Our Footing

One of our bloggers began a reflection this week by saying “I never imagined I would have to preach a sermon about anti-Semitism.” It’s been a week of unprecedented violence, unimaginable callousness, and unapologetic hate speech. Some of our bloggers are probing the depths of the pain and anger; others are seeking to find a… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Is there a way?

No matter where in the world you are preaching this week, the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the US Senate Judiciary Committee will likely be somewhere in the minds of your hearers. Many pastors and counselors have spoken of receiving call after call from people with their own stories… Read More

Friday Festival: The Gray In-Between Times

Maybe because I’m pondering transitions in my own life these days, I saw a lot of images of transition and writing about transition in our blogs this week. Maybe it’s the gray sky that marks the transition from night to day or from clear sky to hurricane-force winds. Maybe it’s the transition from work to… Read More