Church Plants Redux: Seven Reasons Why the UMC Can’t Plant Churches Quickly

“A drastically oversimplified screed masquerading as analysis.” That’s what one commentator called a recent blog I had written about the influx of young men into the neo-calvinist churches. While he could possibly have been kinder in the comment, I agree the post itself did not examine the some of the greater reasons why that type of church is showing such very rapid growth. I did talk about this several months ago when I wrote a (somewhat) tongue-in-cheek blog about why the UMC is such a dismal failure at church plants. But this is not a joke–and I now offer a better … Continue reading Church Plants Redux: Seven Reasons Why the UMC Can’t Plant Churches Quickly

Denton Mystery Worship Seventeen: Dust to Dust

“Remember you are but dust and to dust you shall return.” With these words, the The Rev’d Canon H.W. Herrmann, Rector of St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Denton, marked the foreheads of approximately 30 early morning worshipers on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The familiar words of the readings and prayers swirled around me. I read the collect of the day, “Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent . . .” God, who “hatest nothing that thou has made,” and yet as I … Continue reading Denton Mystery Worship Seventeen: Dust to Dust