Orthodoxy–authorized or generally accepted theory, doctrine, or practice. Many claim it for themselves. But I ask: who really gets to own this word? Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Theological Seminary, wrote last year claiming “orthodoxy” for the conservative arm of the … Continue reading Who Owns the Title to Orthodoxy?
[Note: this article is slated to run in the Denton Record Chronicle on Friday, July 24, 2015. Further commentary on the nature of “orthodoxy” can be found here.] The liturgy is confusing, unfamiliar, mostly chanted or sung without recognizable tunes and half in a foreign language. The overly-incensed air produces an immediate headache. We stand for most of the two-hour service, rarely enjoying the minimal comfort of the unpadded wooden pews. Instructions make it clear we are not welcome at communion. Research before attending confirms that the denomination is fully male-dominated and it would also be wise to take special … Continue reading Mystery Worship: Greek Orthodox
The Problem with Unity This past Sunday, while sitting in the Sunday morning session at the Unity Spiritual Center of Denton, I had a powerful flash of insight: This is the religious conservative’s worst nightmare and is one of the … Continue reading Unity: The Conservative’s Worst Nightmare or Our Best Hope?
[Note: commentary on this particular day of worship can be found here. Below is a version of the article that is slated to run in the July 17, 2015 edition of the Denton Record Chronicle.] On this past hot Sunday … Continue reading Mystery Worship: Unity Spiritual Center of Denton
I originally wrote this a number of years ago, but with the recent post by blogger John Murdock, I decided to post it again. Murdock writes eloquently of the problems smaller churches face with the frequent rotation of clergy. Here’s the situation from the point of view of a pastor (now retired). One of the reasons I chose United Methodism as my place of service is the connectional system. I think such a system ultimately reflects more health and has more opportunity to be fully transformational than stand-alone isolated churches. Just as I don’t think there can be a spiritually … Continue reading Ponderings on Itinerancy and Appointability
I saw this article in the NYTimes from Friday, July 3. It’s about the various means people, particularly women, have used over the years to lessen or enhance various body parts depending on the current standards of beauty. Pretty constricting … Continue reading Bodily Constrictions and the Nature of Freedom
After I wrote of my support of the recent SCOTUS decision that affirms marriage for all citizens, one commentator wrote of his agreement for certain civil rights for gay couples and then added this caveat, “Marriage is a contract between two … Continue reading The Return of the Seven Month Full-Term Baby
The first amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads this way: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or … Continue reading Get Over it, Christian Pastors: You are NOT Being Persecuted