Showing posts from June, 2016

A New Reality: A Look at What Happened at North Texas AC 2016

On June 7, news broke that a resolution was adopted by the North Texas Annual Conference. This resolution stated that "members of the NTCUMC will prayerfully and actively work toward a new reality" regarding the United Methodist Church's inability to resolve their disagreement over human sexuality.

The North Texas AC (NTCUMC) is an interesting conference. Geographically, NTCUMC is the smallest Annual Conference in the South Central Jurisdiction but might arguably be the wealthiest with no signs of slowing in growth. It has a very strong nexus of metropolitan churches in the city of Dallas and very many large (some cases "mega") churches in the northern suburbs surrounding Dallas. It is also home one of the fastest growing real estate markets in the nation, with towns like Frisco, Prosper, and Celina, TX, experiencing exponential growth within the past 5 years.

NTCUMC has a distinct history in regards to discussing human sexuality. In at least one instance I cou…

Call to Worship: "A handful of meal; a little oil in a jug" 1 Kings 17:8-24

Some of us have “only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug.”
But God reminds us, “Do not be afraid.”

Some of us are a meal away from death because of addiction or depression.
But God listens, and can bring life back into us.

Some of us are experiencing “illness so severe that there is no breath left.”
But God’s Holy Spirit breathes hope and resilience into us.

Some of us are losing our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, daughters and sons.
But God never leaves us, death is not the end, and we are a resurrection people.

The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail. Glory to God, who is larger than addiction, depression, illness, and death. Glory to the Son who has gained victory over death. Glory to the Holy Spirit who transforms life into life eternal. Amen.