My wish for Beth Moore

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For the last several years, I’ve followed Beth Moore online.

Before that, you couldn’t call me a fan or devotee. I didn’t have much connection to her material.

Online, I’ve appreciated her candor about many things. Since I don’t have a solid grasp of what her theology is/was, it could be that I missed this kind of transparency from her.

From what I gather, the Trump era brought much of this out into the open.
I say that because many people admired her and bought her books before.

Her openness and her willingness to call into question a few people and issues generated a lot of pushback against her. A lot. Some of it is downright evil.

Today, that will escalate further.

News came out March 9 that she is parting ways with her denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention. Her decision stems from the denomination’s handling (or not handling) of issues like race relations and sexism.

I’m writing today to encourage people of faith to remember our witness. She isn’t the only person to feel the brunt of imperious Internet users. The reality is that many people face the kind of vile contempt she has and will continue to see.

It’s the reason I stopped reading comments on Christian articles. I couldn’t stand to read what professing Christians were willing to write about each other.

Who are we?

For the love of God, my wish for Beth Moore and the rest of the world is for Christians to stop being jerks.

Stay blessed…john

When you can’t sleep

There are only a few nights that it happens.

Everyone once in a while I have trouble going back to sleep in the middle of the night. Going to sleep is never a problem for me. Going back to sleep isn’t usually either.

But I’ve long decided that if it’s been fifteen minutes that I’m still awake, I’m getting out of bed.

I may pray. If I can find a small light, I’ll read. Sometimes I’ll write.
Last night was one of those nights. So, I did two things: I read and I reflected.

In my reflection, this thought came to mind: When you can’t sleep, dream.
Take that as advice. Take it as a practical pointer for getting through restless nights. Take it as nonsense.

It’s yours now.

Stay blessed…john

Whose rules?

COVID forced our clergy convocation online again this year. I do miss gathering with my colleagues. As a United Methodist pastor myself, these other pastors are my church. They are the people I see year in and year out as we serve our conference together.

I’ve known many of them since before I became a pastor.

I value worshiping and learning with them.

This year’s convocation centered on Susan Beaumont’s book titled How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going. This is an affirming book for me.

Although I didn’t appreciate having to sit through another online meeting, especially one that lasted several hours on two different day, Beaumont’s presentation was helpful.

It’s about learning to lead the church through uncertain times. That sounds too cliche. There’s more to it than that, but I hadn’t planned to unpack everything here.

One point she brought up today was Robert’s Rules of Order. She didn’t address it as an overarching theme; I don’t know if it’s in her book. Her comment was something about why church leadership holds on so tightly to Robert’s Rules.

Thank you!

I recall my first administrative council meeting at a church. Ever since that day, I’ve wondered why we’re married to that discernment process like we are. To me, there’s less discernment happening and more politics at play.
There are other forms of discernment. I’m not suggesting we read entrails again. And I don’t mean to say we shouldn’t use Robert’s Rules at all.

But we are better suited at changing the world with the way of Christ, not Robert.

Stay blessed…john