A Statement on Charleston Shootings

The following is a statement from our Tennessee Conference leaders on last night’s shooting in Charleston: We, the people of the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church, are shocked and saddened at the violent acts perpetrated upon our brothers and sisters at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. While any form … Read more

What’s going on with this Vesper’s thing?

Back in Lent we started a new worship/study experience on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. which will called Vespers. “Vespers” is an ancient word which means “night” or “evening star,” and is the prayer service traditionally held in the evening at monasteries throughout the world. There is a long tradition of “evening prayer” in the life … Read more

M.A.D. vs. G.L.A.D

Recently I sent out an article suggesting that it might be time for City Road folks to focus on being M.A.D, with those initials standing for “making a difference.” It was a fun play on words, using M.A.D. in a different context. I confess, I’ve been watching the series “Mad Men” lately, and I could … Read more

It’s Time to Be M.A.D.

In case you haven’t heard the news, Bishop McAlilly has informed our Staff Parish Relations Committee that Emily and I are being reappointed to serve the City Road Chapel congregation for another year. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if that’s a good or bad thing, but it’s hard to believe that my … Read more

A Message from our Bishop

Bishop Bill McAlilly has just released a pastoral letter on the immigration issue and our United Methodist response to immigrants in our community. When you get a chance, check it out at http://bishopbillmcalilly.com/2014/12/15/a-bishops-letter-on-immigration/

The Guesthouse of the Soul

Recently as a part of my morning devotions I’ve been reading a new book by Ray Waddle, the former religion reporter for the Tennessean, and one of the finest observers of American religion that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Undistorted God: Dispatches of Faith Amid the Cultural Noise is a collection of essays Waddle has written … Read more