Monthly Archives: November 2005

To Plant or Not to Plant: That is the Question

During our special Annual Conference session November 19th a retired pastor and District Superintendent made the contention that new church plants are only for the Houston area – not for the majority of towns in the Conference. I can think … Continue reading

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Who’da Thunk it?

The Rolling Stones have been signed to play halftime of the upcoming Super Bowl. It reminds me of the time I recognized “Hotel California” playing on Muzak at a funeral home. While I am not old enough to remember it … Continue reading

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Review of Quartz Mountain Resort

For our family Thanksgiving gathering this year we met up at Quartz Mountain Resort Park on Lake Altus in western Oklahoma. None of us had ever been there before, but considering we were traveling from East Texas, Central Texas, the … Continue reading

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Are we the enemy?

Our Final Night in Nashville for the NYWC. Heard a group called Lost and Found tonight. They are a band that is funny, edgy, witty, and, did I mention musical. They mentioned that they have been together for 14 years … Continue reading

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Special Conference Session Report

The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church met in special session at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center today. After approving the Chartering Resolution, the Conference delegates readily approved the “Supporting” and “Implementing” Resolutions. Here’s the text of these six … Continue reading

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Report from Nashville

I am in Nashville for the weekend, at Youth Specialities National Youth Worker’s Convention. I am a first timer, but this won’t be my last time. Oddly, just after I sat down in the little turbo-prop puddle-jumper on which my … Continue reading

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The Challenge of UM Dissent, part 2

Sometimes I hear folks who think that dissent is part of the Great American Tradition. We hear it in politics – whether the issue is taxes, abortion or war. If we stifle dissent for the sake of national security or … Continue reading

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