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“Take Me to Church”

Posted on July 23, 2014

I’ve heard Irish musician Hozier a number of times on the radio in recent weeks. You may have heard his current single, “Take Me to Church,” as its been getting a decent amount of airtime. While the song is about human sexuality, equality, and the Church, as he describes it in an interview a few months back, the following lyrics had me thinking about something much broader…

Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife

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365: Worship

Posted on July 21, 2014

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 Sunday morning Worship looks like as Sunrise moves towards its eventual end and beginning as a new church.

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Throw in a Root Beer Float

Posted on July 16, 2014

I have written a couple pieces on The UMC, issues of human sexuality, branding, unity, schism, and how we might move forward as a denomination (You can read them here, here, here, and here). There have been plenty of different suggestions, ideas, and opinions on how to best move forward. Another one was published this morning from David Watson (@utsdoc) and Bill Arnold (@BillTArnold). You can read their suggestions here. In their proposal, they offer 7 different suggestions of how The United Methodist Church might move forward while also staying “united.” I thought I’d share my initial thoughts…

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Called to Account

Posted on July 16, 2014

“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed...” (Acts 4:8-10)

Being ‘called to account’ can lead an individual to become defensive and aggressive. It typically means an action or word needs to be explained or defended. Often times it means someone is about to get in trouble, sometimes rightfully so. What happens when that is not the case?

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365: Transition Team

Posted on July 10, 2014

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 the Transition Team that has been formed to lead and guide Sunrise toward its eventual end and beginning as a new church. 

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365: Recap

Posted on July 3, 2014

365 days. 8,760 hours. 52 weeks. 12 months. All of these equal 1 year from today when 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 giving a recap of where Sunrise has been leading up to its eventual end and beginning as a new church. 

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365

Posted on July 1, 2014

365 days. 8,760 hours. 52 weeks. 12 months. All of these equal 1 year from today when Sunrise, a campus of Castleton United Methodist Church, launches as a new, stand-alone United Methodist church. July 1 of 2015. I will be writing a number of posts in the coming weeks talking about where we’ve been, the planning we’ve done, and the work we still have to do.

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Unexpecting the Expected

Posted on June 18, 2014

“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” (Luke 24)

The saying goes, “expect the unexpected.” This is a statement about planning, preparation, or maybe even the inability to do so in certain situations where the outcome is so uncertain. It’s like trying to plan for the very thing that is not able to be planned for. This is what we say when we’re not sure what will happen, but what about the times when we could reasonably expect, or even should expect something to happen?

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