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The 440,000 Sq. ft. Methodist Ministry Mall

April 2, 2012


Everything is bigger in Texas.  You can get a two-foot-long hot dog at Texas Ranger’s games.  Five of the top twenty largest cities in the United States are found in Texas:  Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin.   Church buildings in Texas are among the largest:  Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston offers 606,000 square […]

As Big as it Gets: New England Methodism

March 7, 2012


I recently visited and reviewed two of New England Methodism’s largest churches, First United Methodist Church of Westborough, MA and Sudbury United Methodist Church in Sudbury, MA.  They have the largest worship attendance, a statistic which is gaining greater attention among United Methodist hierarchy. Considering such measurements as “worship attendance”, church consultant Gil Rendle offers […]

A Marine To Escort a Killer to Hell?

March 2, 2012


Benjamin L. Makinen was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for randomly attacking and killing a woman here in Worcester.  In a victim impact statement, the woman’s brother threatened Makinen with this promise:  “Marines do a tour of duty at the Pearly Gates, and when your time comes, I’m going to escort you straight to […]

Reworking The Newsboys’ “In Christ Alone”

January 11, 2012


Some songs have great melodies but aggravating lyrics.  “In Christ Alone” is one of those songs.  I offer alternative lyrics to an otherwise pleasant song and throw in a bonus “secular” song at the end.  I am building a collection of reworked hymns and praise songs, so if you would like a favorite song reworked, […]

We Never Have to Go to Church Again!

January 5, 2012


I couldn’t go to church on New Year’s Sunday but I was able to attend live worship online through  As with every other worship service I attend, I wrote a review of the experience.  What WINDOWS allowed light to shine into my soul and which WALLS or obstacles left me in the dark?  You […]

Toxic Charity

November 22, 2011


A reflection on Robert D. Lupton’s new book Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It), New York, NY: Harper One, 2011. What are YOU doing for the poor?  Before you hand out that free turkey or wrap those free toys for the poor, consider Atlanta community developer […]

A Boy Who Quilts: A Visit to East Longmeadow UMC

November 21, 2011


My son got the message weeks ago that white, crew socks are unacceptable in sixth grade.  Sunday we enjoyed a full hour of uninterrupted conversation about those white socks and the pressures of conformity.  What sparked the openness?  First, we agreed to visit a church near Springfield together–East Longmeadow United Methodist Church–and that church is […]