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Book Review: Writer’s journey in faith enlightens and entertains

Despite his distinguished career as a writer and United Methodist leader, the Rev. James C. Howell recognizes the awkwardness of writing a memoir. The genre, he notes in his introduction, easily slides into self-obsession and personal analysis

Can the UMC model a healthy form of debate?

At our campus ministry, we play fantasy football the same way we play any sport. Which is to say, we’re all talk. “Dude, did your girlfriend set your lineup this week?” “Don’t insult his girlfriend like that. She actually understands a thing or two about football.” “Lay off. I don’t even have a girlfriend.” “No […]

A campus minister carries meaningful baggage

Lately, I’ve been keeping a journal of things that I’ve carried from my car to our campus ministry and vice versa. Here’s a sampling: A thermocouple for a hot water heater. Eighty hamburger patties. A box containing a skill saw, electric sander, staple gun and a speed square. Four bicycle helmets. An electric guitar with […]

Why interruptions are sometimes a good thing

“You’re doing it again.” I looked wearily at Joseph, my camp roommate, from where I stood beside our sink. For 1:00 a.m. on the last night of camp, Joseph looked remarkably alert and presentable. I hated him just a little for that. But I had no idea what act I might have repeated that merited […]

Book Review: Resource for teaching local church stewardship

Committed to Christ: Six Steps to a Generous Life Bob Crossman Abingdon Press, 2012 With Committed to Christ, the Rev. Bob Crossman and his co-authors provide a stewardship program to guide churches beyond the yearly financial campaigns and into a lifestyle of giving. Dr. Crossman, a longtime pastor and director of the Arkansas Conference New […]

Willimon’s latest may help ordained leaders, but won’t reach others

Bishop: The Art of Questioning Authority by an Authority in Question William H. Willimon Abingdon Press, 2012 Paperback, 200 pages It should come as no surprise to those familiar with Bishop William H. Willimon that his latest book is one filled with both passion and contradictions. One of the most prolific United Methodist writers of […]