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A New Room Full of New Voices

I had the chance to attend the first ever New Room Conference put on by Seedbed this past week in Franklin, TN. Disclaimer: I write for Seedbed and did my M.Div. work at Asbury Theological Seminary so I recognize the bias I may have. With that being said, the very reason I write for Seedbed and found the New Room Conference to be so meaningful are the ways in which Wesleyan theology is embraced and articulated. It is not so much that the information is entirely new or those who shared are new to the Wesleyan movement, the newness comes through an awakening of understanding what it means to be a Wesleyan Christian. If you weren’t able to attend this year, be sure to put September 23-25, 2015 on your calendar and enjoy some of the takeaways I had from the conference.

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365: Finances

365 days. 8,760 hours. 52 weeks. 12 months. All of these equal 1 year. Less than a year from now Sunrise, a campus of Castleton United Methodist Church, launches as a new, stand-alone United Methodist church. July 1 of 2015. In this post I’ll be describing what our Finances looks like for the current year, 2014, as Sunrise moves towards its eventual end and beginning as a new church.

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The Evangelism of Phil Robertson

In a recent interview (click the picture to watch the full interview) on Fox News ‘Hannity,’ Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson made some interesting comments when asked about the terrible acts of violence recently committed by ISIS. I found them most interesting because he spoke using scripture and theology, which is something I do as well, every so often.

The soundbite that everyone is grabbing onto is, “In this case you have to convert them, which I think would be next to impossible. I’m not giving up on them. I’m just saying convert them or kill them. One or the other.” This comment comes after he makes a number of scripture references and to be fair, deserves to be heard in the entirety of the interview. With that being said, I’ve got a couple issues I want to address.

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Labor

It’s Labor Day in the United States, where some individuals get the day off from work and others don’t. It was intended to be a day of celebration for the positive social and economic impacts workers have achieved but the increasing gap between the rich and everyone else as well as wages that are not actually liveable, have really made it a day to earn some extra pay or take a rare break from working 2, 3, or 4 jobs. This, however, is not what I’m intending to write about here (I’ve already written some about these justice issues here.)

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