RIP Norman Suggs

Just learned about an hour ago that a long time online friend, whom I never met face to face, passed away. Norman Suggs was such a kind, compassionate, and life-loving, good-humored online presence to everyone. I had been exchanging comments under my posts and his for about 10-12 years. One of the saddest bits of news I’ve ever had come Continue Reading

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Mistaking “God’s Word” with our appropriation of it: The UMC fundamentalist takeover

I posted thoughts yesterday about how this UMC schism is like a replay of the Southern Baptist fundamentalist takeover I also experienced, which was about to explode into reality when I was in Seminary at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. (M. Div. 1978-81). My “Church History II” professor, Bill J. Leonard, soon (or in about 10 years) to Continue Reading

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To the UMC newly christened “diaspora”

““I feel absolutely no moral or theological obligation to the “power take all” mentality and strategies of the radicalizing right in our churches. They got their way, now let them enforce it. They are losing this battle in the wider culture and doing great damage to the witness of the church. We struggle against the principalities and powers in the Continue Reading

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