30 days of discernment

I am going to take 30 days of discernment to step away from daily (or near daily) blogging.

The matters before me are different than Rev. Schaefer, but I find the counsel he has received to be speaking to me, too.

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6 thoughts on “30 days of discernment

  1. I think it might be well for ALL UMC clergy and clergy candidates to engage in a time of discernment now. I just invited Karen Olvieto (of Glide Memorial UMC in SanFrancisco) to join me in such a time of prayer. At least, I will join with you and pray for you, John. However, I think God may be calling me to START blogging more rather than ceasing from it…

  2. I will miss you John. Your voice is one of the few UMC voices of reasoned analysis. I have become accustomed to seeing what you have to say on our burning issues. Enjoy your time off.

  3. First Things has an intriguing post relative to the German Confessing martyr Paul Robert Schneider, who died at Buchenwald 1939. Perhaps you have read this post. There is a story of a funeral for a member of the Hitler Jugend. When a devout Nazi tried to interject words into the ceremony, Schneider refused them by saying, in part:

    “In a Protestant church ceremony, God’s voice has to be clearly heard from the Holy Scriptures. Our church people are liberalized enough, so it is no longer appropriate to allow just any opinion to be expressed in the church.”

    A crossroads has risen up to meet the United Methodist Church. It is OUR moment to refuse alien “opinions” to throttle the life of the church, or to be mingled with the gospel as though true to the ancient Word. May God grant us grace and courage to do so.

  4. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
    Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
    Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
    Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
    Do not fret—it only causes harm.
    Psalms 37

    Rest

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