Throughout my week I listen to a lot of NPR. My favorite show of the entire week is the Friday News Roundup on The Diane Rehm Show. Each Friday Diane Rehm has a panel of guests that discuss the week’s news in two 1-hour segments, the first talking about domestic issues and the second discussing international news. I like the fast-paced conversation and variety of topics, which was the inspiration to start #ITNOH Weekly Block Party. Each Friday I’ll mention some thoughts on the week’s news or highlight things I found interesting and invite you to do the same. So, without further ado…
This question has been around for a long time. Is it better to start something new or attempt to give something a restart? Whether it’s a brand, a business, a ministry…it’s a tough call to start from scratch or attempt to build on a foundation already in place.
Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a cool dad. Some have fathers that are demeaning, judgmental, abusive, hurtful, absent, vindictive, and all around jerks. These strained relationships make Father’s Day uncomfortable and awkward. They can also make a relationship with God very difficult.
The United Methodist Church has a long history of ministry with the Boy Scouts of America, being its second largest sponsor with 363,876 scouts in 10,868 units chartered by 6,700 churches (source). With that said, the Southern Baptist Church also has a long history of ministry with the BSA as well. The recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow homosexual scouts under 18 to participate in its scouting activities (as if they hadn’t been for years?) has put its relationship with the SBC in jeopardy.
For so long it’s felt like having to jump through one hoop after another. I’ve worked at the same United Methodist Church for over a decade and have been appointed as one of its associate pastors since 2009. There are very few people who would argue that the ordination process in The United Methodist Church is not only extremely long, especially when a seminary degree is required, but at times is just like jumping through hoops. Some of that has changed for me in the past couple days.
In the Gospel of Luke (15:1-7) Jesus tells a parable about a man who has a sheep that gets lost, leaves the rest of the flock, and goes out to find the one. He eventually finds the lost sheep he was looking for but it doesn’t stop there…he lifts the sheep up, and places it on his shoulders. I feel like this can be an easy part of the story for the Church to miss.