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The Clergy Housing Allowance

Warning: this is a very “inside baseball” kind of piece, relevant only to clergy and those interested in issues of clergy compensation. On Friday, a Federal District Court judge, Barbara Crabb, ruled that the housing allowance afforded to clergy is

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Canceling Church for Mission

This recent article found via the United Methodist News Service highlights a practice I’ve seen a number of churches doing in recent years: canceling Sunday morning worship and replacing it with mission in the community (I am not singling out this particular

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A Church’s Savior

So, as most who know me have learned, I was involved in a last-minute appointment change and will be moved to a new church at the beginning of July (a little later than most of my North Georgia clergy friends…

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Without Reserve?

“Do you offer yourself without reserve to be appointed and to serve as the appointive authority may determine?” This question appears in ¶335c.1 of the Book of Discipline of the UMC as part of the paperwork candidates for ordination as

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The Orders of Ministry in the UMC

Warning: this is a very “insider” post. If you aren’t particularly interested in issues facing the United Methodist Church, go ahead and skip this. I wrote my Master’s thesis on some historical issues with ordained ministry in American Methodism, specifically

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A Single Eye

So now that I’m finished with seminary (well, one Hebrew paper to go…), I’ve decided I want to keep up with writing and blogging as a way to engage in dialogue with others and to just give me a place

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