Hauerwas and Willimon, The Holy Spirit, part 3

This Fall Abingdon Press will publish The Holy Spirit, a new collaboration by Stanley Hauerwas and me. We hope the book will be read by pastors and their congregations that they may have a fresh encounter with the Holy Spirit. It’s been said that the Holy Spirit is the most neglected aspect of the Trinity.Continue reading “Hauerwas and Willimon, The Holy Spirit, part 3”

Hauerwas and Willimon, The Holy Spirit, part 2

This Fall Abingdon Press will publish The Holy Spirit, the latest collaboration by Stanley Hauerwas and me. In this book, we attempt to lure fellow Christians into the riches of Pneumatology, thinking about the Holy Spirit. We hope the book will be read by pastors and their congregations that they may have a fresh encounterContinue reading “Hauerwas and Willimon, The Holy Spirit, part 2”

Sad Truth about United Methodist Racial Diversity

The most and least racially diverse U.S. religious groups    From the Pew Research Center comes the sad truth about racial diversity in American churches. Some years ago I said that my own beloved United Methodist Church has shown little intention of taking the costly, painful steps that might lead to greater racial diversity; weContinue reading “Sad Truth about United Methodist Racial Diversity”

Hauerwas and Willimon, The Holy Spirit, part 1

This Fall Abingdon Press will publish The Holy Spirit, a new collaboration by Stanley Hauerwas and me. We hope the book will be read by pastors and their congregations that they may have a fresh encounter with the Holy Spirit. It’s been said that the Holy Spirit is the most neglected aspect of the Trinity.Continue reading “Hauerwas and Willimon, The Holy Spirit, part 1”

The Best of Times for Church Leaders

“We are dying and our pastor hasn’t a clue what to do about it. If our next pastor refuses to lead, we’re history,” lamented a layperson as we stood in the gravel parking lot of a little Alabama church. A consultant told one of my churches, “Your church staff is intelligent, spiritually astute, but don’tContinue reading “The Best of Times for Church Leaders”