A Modest Proposal: The Minimum Standards in the Texas Conference

My friend Jeremy Smith, whose blog Hacking Christianity I’ve followed for years, posted yesterday about my conference’s Proposed Minimum Standards for Entering Candidates. As I have a little bit of knowledge about this, I thought I would offer some clarifications and challenges to what he has written. If you are new to my blog, welcome! … Continue reading

In Company

On the wall of my study hangs a poster-sized picture of my confirmation class. It’s a game for my church members to come in & try to find sixth-grade-Josh. Not a hard game, actually. I keep it even though I can’t remember everyone’s name—it was a big class, and not everyone was a regular at … Continue reading

3 More Ways to Observe Holy Saturday

I posted several years ago on the Top 10 Ways Pastors (and others) Can Observe Holy Saturday. I think those are still great suggestions, but I’ve had a few more ideas. So here’s three more. Watch some film. My friend Susan is hosting a movie marathon this year, which I think is a great idea. … Continue reading

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

Holy Week is a bit of an exercise in futility for some of us liturgically-minded pastors. While the Sanctuary may be full on Palm Sunday and overflowing at Easter, the empty pews at our midweek services beg for some attention. I urge my congregations yearly to appreciate the joy of Easter by attending to the … Continue reading

Joyfully Announcing the Great Mystery of God’s Salvation

Today’s daily meditation from Henri Nouwen seems most appropriate today. I share it with you: The Church is called to announce the Good News of Jesus to all people and all nations. Besides the many works of mercy by which the Church must make Jesus’ love visible, it must also joyfully announce the great mystery … Continue reading

Blogging for Jesus

I missed the weekly #chsocm Twitter chat last night, but (par for the course) I learned greatly just by hearing after the fact from a variety of folks who are blogging. I’ve been a blogger since 2006, but a mediocre one. I’m a case study for Chris Brogan’s points in his Primer for Blogging, especially … Continue reading

What’s a little conspiracy among friends? A Relevance LEAD wrap-up

Lots of folks blogged, tweeted, facebooked, instagrammed, and flickred (pinned, anyone?) their way through Relevance LEAD and Relevance X last weekend, so I won’t rehash every detail. I was fortunate to be on the inside a little; helping to coordinate the social media presence — PR on the cheap — and generally pitching in to … Continue reading

“My kingdom isn’t from here.”

Mosaic experiential service sermon​ 3 July 2011 John 18:33-38 Perritte Memorial UMC | Nacogdoches, TX Sharing with you all tonight about what it means to be Christian & America is something I approach with fear + trembling. There’s a lot of posturing & shouting, many accusations are thrown around when we enter this ground, so … Continue reading


We’re on our way to New York for a week. We’ll do some touristy things, not having been to the Big Apple before, but the reason we’re going is for the 2011 Unconference. #unco11 (as it’s known on Twitter) is a gathering of about 70 adults to build IRL community & learn from one another. … Continue reading

Discipleship, Leadership, and Community

For those of you who have read my blog somewhat regularly over the past year, you know that one of the questions I have is about how communities of faith grow both excellent leadership and provide a context for high-capacity Christian discipleship to flourish. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=greenhouses&iid=284895″ src=”0281/7c83f863-b104-4c59-8e83-424a3a407263.jpg?adImageId=10544181&imageId=284895″ width=”234″ height=”350″ /]One of the metaphors … Continue reading