It’s been four years since the magazine for my denomination shut down. DisciplesWorld was an effort to create an independent magazine that would replace The Disciple, the in-house magazine which shut down in 2002. For seven years, DisciplesWorld did a valiant effort in trying to tell the story of our denomination. One of the best things they did was ran an issue that focused on Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre. (Jim Jones was a Disciples pastor and the story show the efforts and the shortcomings of the Regions where he was a member to confront Jones.) During the closure … Continue reading I Miss DisciplesWorld
Over and over again, I heard one phrase being used on my side of the same-sex marriage debate: “the right side of history.” Yes, most of us who believe in marriage equality do think this is the right thing to do. We liken this current debate in the backdrop of the civil rights movement and interracial marriages where equality was seen as the march of progress and those who disagreed were out of touch and archaic. The steady march of progress on marriage equality can make one think that those of us on the pro-same sex marriage fight are truly … Continue reading “The Right Side of History” and Other Fundamentalisms
When I started seminary 15 years ago, I had come to accept that I would never pastor a church. I just wasn’t a people person. Maybe I’d be a seminary professor or something. I didn’t know it back then, but I was basically acknowledging my Aspergers limitations. Of course, as you can tell, I didn’t end up as a seminary prof. Instead, I’ve been the Associate Pastor at a church for nearly five years. And somehow, I’ve managed to not mess things up, praise be to God. Just shortly after my Aspergers diagnosis, I wrote about what my future would … Continue reading How a Clockwork Pastor is Becoming Human
Back in May of 2012 , I shared a story of what happened at a Baptist church I attended in Washington, DC in the early 90s. It was a story of how people who disagreed with each other on the issue of homosexuality were able to still be friends and support each other. Around that same time, I remember someone saying something after a congregation was going to make a tough vote on becoming open and affirming. The exact situation is foggy after 20 years, but what I remember this woman saying that after this vote, “there would be some … Continue reading Wait for the Healing
Last week, Sharon Watkins, the General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) released a pastoral letter regarding the denomination’s stance on homosexuality. It was sent to all churches in the denomination and late last week, a letter came to the church where I serve as Associate Pastor. You can read the letter and watch a video by Watkins by going here. All in all, I think it was a good letter. What is what I would have liked to hear? No. But I think it is what I needed to hear. Fellow Disciples such as Derek … Continue reading Regarding Sharon Watkins’ Pastoral Letter
Disciples like to call that thing that’s up front in the sanctuary a table. Lutherans used to call it an altar, but more and more they’ve started following us and calling it a table. Far more humble and fitting in my view. Disciples Pastor Lee Yates reminds us that the Table reveals who we really are. If you want to know something about the life of a church, then look how they deal with the table, which means a lot of our churches are in trouble: While much of our church rhetoric includes the table, I’ve been thinking a lot … Continue reading "The Table Reveals Who We Are"