Mellon Collie

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Derivative Art, Rock 'n Roll, Teenage Angst, and God

Pastors and Christian rockers can learn something from the maturing artistic spirit of Smashing Pumpkins' frontman Billy Corgan, writes the Rev. Teddy Ray. more

Sep 5, 2013 3:26 PM Teddy Ray 1 Comments

Rabbit & Elephant

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Can an Elephant Give Birth to Rabbits?

What if The United Methodist Church ought to be "breeding" like rabbits instead of like elephants, asks the Rev. Teddy Ray. more

Aug 19, 2013 11:25 AM Teddy Ray 3 Comments

What Is Love?

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But the Greatest of These Is Love?

The Rev. Teddy examines the difference between human notions of love and the concept of godly love as a choice. more

Jul 3, 2013 8:00 AM Teddy Ray

Communications Problem

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Some Help for Your Church's Communications Problem

The Rev. Teddy Ray follows up on his previous post about church communications with some practical remedies for getting out the message. more

May 6, 2013 10:43 AM Teddy Ray

Green Fish

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You Are Not Alone ...

Confused about where you fit theologically and otherwise in the Church? The Rev. Teddy Ray affirms that a new generation of people don't fit neatly into old conservative vs. liberal polarities. more

Apr 8, 2013 2:02 PM Teddy Ray

Communication

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Your Church Has a Communications Problem

The Rev. Teddy Ray analyzes why it can be so hard to get the word out accurately through local congregations. more

Apr 1, 2013 3:51 PM Teddy Ray

Yes Man

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The Catch-22 of Change and Bureaucracies

The phrase -- and the irony -- inspired by Joseph Heller's classic novel "Catch-22" are very much alive and well in The United Methodist Church, writes the Rev. Teddy Ray. more

Mar 9, 2013 4:34 PM Teddy Ray 1 Comments

Careers

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Would It Be Better if Ministry Were a Bad Career?

The Rev. Teddy Ray ponders why The United Methodist Church strives so to makes its ministerial positions like attractive careers in business, when Methodist circuit riders took on an arduous calling for the love of God. more

Feb 5, 2013 9:36 AM Teddy Ray 3 Comments

Embarrassed

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The Day I Was Most Ashamed to be a United Methodist

United Methodist Women and the General Board of Church and Society come under heavy criticism from the Rev. Teddy Ray for their outspoken support of abortion. more

Jan 22, 2013 3:13 PM Teddy Ray 3 Comments

The Local Church's Competition

The Rev. Teddy Ray challenges current concepts on what competes with local congregations. more

Jan 15, 2013 5:19 PM Teddy Ray 1 Comments

Stuck

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The Stuck-ness of the UMC and Some Therapy

The Rev. Teddy Ray offers his view on how to fix what ails The United Methodist Church. more

Nov 12, 2012 3:45 PM Teddy Ray

The People Don’t Perish Without a Vision Statement

It's not a human-crafted vision statement, but a sense of what God wants for the world, that makes the difference in ministry, writes the Rev. Teddy Ray. more

Nov 9, 2012 3:35 PM Teddy Ray

Alternate Economies

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The Church as Alternate Economy

The antidote to today's economic woes is for the Church to embody and model an alternative kind of economic system compared to society's consumerist capitalism, writes the Rev. Teddy Ray. more

Oct 23, 2012 8:46 AM Teddy Ray

Economic Distribution

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Economic Inequality and Societies

The Rev. Teddy Ray follows up on his post, "Christians, Capitalism and Ayn Rand," with some statistics about economics today. What do you think these findings might mean for The United Methodist Church? more

Aug 22, 2012 10:59 AM Teddy Ray 1 Comments

Capitalism

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Christians, Capitalism and Ayn Rand

The Rev. Teddy Ray examines how different Christian economics really is from the current debates in America, leading us to wonder: Should United Methodists attempt to apply New Testament economics to the institutional church? more

Aug 22, 2012 10:22 AM Teddy Ray 1 Comments

Holy Communion

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Why Weekly Eucharist?

The Rev. Teddy Ray explores the profound difference made by observing Holy Communion, or Eucharist, each week during worship more

Aug 14, 2012 4:06 PM Teddy Ray 1 Comments

3 culture changes that should change how we handle Christian leadership roles

The Rev. Teddy Ray, a United Methodist licensed local pastor in Kentucky, looks at recent cultural changes that could shape Christian leadership for the future. more

Jun 27, 2012 3:17 PM Teddy Ray

About this Blog

Teddy Ray is a licensed local pastor serving the Offerings Community and First UMC in Lexington, KY

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