How a Construction Crane Helped Me Understand Church

How a Construction Crane Helped Me Understand Church

By Gabe Horton Most mornings, I wake up just before the sun. My new room sits on a hill overlooking downtown Nashville, where I try to catch the sun rising behind the buildings across the river. The light transforms those blurry silhouetted buildings into gleaming...
Why I Am United Methodist: Timely Grace

Why I Am United Methodist: Timely Grace

By Brittany Sky My mom was raised Roman Catholic. She attended Catholic school, never read the Bible, and learned how to pray the rosary. She also learned that birth control is always wrong, and that sex out of marriage was a horrible sin. When she was 18 years old,...
What Does the Church Need to Know? It Is Time to Represent!

What Does the Church Need to Know? It Is Time to Represent!

By Rev. Angela Ravin-Anderson Often, we as leaders spend a lot of time and mental energy musing over how to make the church relevant. Relevance though is rooted in what matters, what is pertinent, and what is important in life. When we examine the world around us,...
Broken Bread, Broken Body

Broken Bread, Broken Body

By Hannah Adair Bonner When we gather for Maundy Thursday, we celebrate what was Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples and what was our First Communion as a church universal. It was our first meal as a family that transcends beyond generations and locations and...
Leadership Lessons From Zappos & Starting a New Church

Leadership Lessons From Zappos & Starting a New Church

This post is adapted from my final sermon at City Square Church on May 31, 2015. I co-founded City Square as a United Methodist faith community, along with Rev. Brian Kemp-Schlemmer, in July 2012. The online shoe/clothing retailer Zappos.com is going through a major...
Death of a Flag – a Lesson in Broken Symbols

Death of a Flag – a Lesson in Broken Symbols

By Jon Copeland From Texas, Atlanta,  oh man, Alabama, Savannah, The deeper the darker tha dirty south is what I’m after – “Throw Your Hands Up,” 8 Ball, MJG & OutKast Efforts to remove the rebel flag from Southern identity are commendable. They reflect an honest...