The Time Change and Using God's Time

Everybody complains about losing an hour to the onset of Daylight Saving Time, but only the Rev. Tim McClendon has offered a solid theological perspective on the "spring forward" phenomenon. more

Mar 13, 2015 12:22 PM Tim McClendon

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

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Humbled in D.C. by Religion and Race

Visiting museums dedicated to the Holocaust and American Indians throws sharp light on the links between racism and religion, writes the Rev. Tim McClendon. more

Sep 4, 2014 4:57 PM Tim McClendon

Eastern Redbud

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Judas Trees and Jesus

Judas trees, AKA Eastern Redbuds, bloom as a poignant reminder that Lent is a time to turn enemies into friends, writes the Rev. Tim McClendon. more

Apr 3, 2014 9:06 PM Tim McClendon 1 Comments

When Is the Right Time to Close a Church?

As a district superintendent in South Carolina, the Rev. Tim McClendon wonders how to assess when a congregation has reached the end of its life cycle and it's ready to be closed. more

Jan 23, 2014 4:47 PM Tim McClendon 1 Comments

Truthful Tuesday

After a "Truthful Tuesday" in South Carolina, the Rev. Tim McClendon reflects on how everyone holds diverse opinions despite how hard we try to pigeon-hole one another in both church and society. more

Jan 17, 2014 4:02 PM Tim McClendon

Finding God's Will: Will Jackson

District superintendent Timothy McClendon says that finding God's will "ain't rocket science;" all it takes is focusing on God-sized dreams. more

Sep 25, 2013 4:57 PM Tim McClendon

Super Clergy

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Appointment-making and itinerancy

The Rev. Tim McClendon, a district superintendent in the South Carolina Annual Conference, examines the United Methodist process of appointing clergy. more

Mar 12, 2013 9:20 AM Tim McClendon 1 Comments

Deadheading the Church?

His pansy bed led the Rev. Tim McClendon to ask: Is it time to cut off the parts of the Church that will keep it from blooming in the future? more

Mar 5, 2013 2:59 PM Tim McClendon

Jesus Teaching

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Adaptive Leadership Opens Doors to God

The Rev. Tim McClendon contends that the UMC's adaptive leadership strategy serves to guide the church appropriately toward making disciples of Jesus Christ. more

Feb 5, 2013 4:43 PM Tim McClendon 1 Comments

John Wesley Preaching

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Election Angst Parallels the UMC

The Rev. Tim McClendon ponders: Can Methodism's heritage of fostering spiritual awakening save the United States as it once saved England? more

Nov 12, 2012 3:38 PM Tim McClendon

Superstorm Sandy

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Frankenstorms and Questions of Why

God does not will harm to people, declares the Rev. Tim McClendon In proposes ways for Christians to respond to a world in grief and pain in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. more

Oct 30, 2012 5:26 PM Tim McClendon

Pan-Methodist Full Communion Celebrated

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Supper’s Ready!

World Communion Sunday is a chance for all Christians everywhere to remember what we have in common -- the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, writes the Rev. Tim McClendon. more

Oct 2, 2012 3:46 PM Tim McClendon

Armchair Quarterbacking and the Church

The Rev. Timothy McClendon talks about what it takes to "be" the church, not just "play at" church. more

Sep 19, 2012 4:18 PM Tim McClendon

Church Conflict

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Church Conflict and United Methodist Zeitgeist

Would it have helped if Jesus got into a shouting match with Pontius Pilate? Neither do such conflicts help the UMC, writes the Rev. Tim McClendon on how to deal with conflict constructively. more

Aug 28, 2012 4:36 PM Tim McClendon 1 Comments

Jurisdictionals: Fear. Trembling and Leadership

The Rev. Tim McClendon ponders the possibilities of Jurisdictional Conference as he prepares to go through the episcopal election process. more

Jul 6, 2012 3:08 PM Tim McClendon

Sacking of Jerusalem

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UMC in Exile

The Rev. Tim McClendon likes the aftermath of the 2012 General Conference to Israel's exile in Babylon, finding its utter chaos a sign of opportunity for renewal. more

Jun 8, 2012 3:26 PM Tim McClendon

Guaranteed Appointments, Itineracy and Being Sent for Jesus

The Rev. Tim McClendon offers his observations on the anxiety spread through the UMC following the elimination of guaranteed clergy appointments. more

May 30, 2012 12:08 PM Tim McClendon

United Methodist Pope and Problems of Consolidation

The Rev. Tim McClendon points out the significant legal hazards posed by the type of consolidation in the radical restructure of The United Methodist Church proposed by the Connectional Table/Interim Operations Team. more

Nov 30, 2011 2:59 PM Tim McClendon

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Notable Quotes


“We must dig deep; we must remember that we are all in this together — gay and straight and lesbian and transgender and bisexual, Christian and Muslim, black and white. What we must tell our white brothers and sisters is, is that you have to learn from us as well. Don’t be hoodwinked and snookered by investing in white supremacy and the unconscious reflex of bigotry. You got to push beyond that to understand that we are all in this together.”

– The Rev. Michael Eric Dyson, a Georgetown University scholar and author on racial issues, speaking at a Jan. 14 march and rally in Washington, D.C., as reported by Religion News Service.


"I call original sin the red sock in our theological laundry, because it has the potential to discolor everything. ... If you want short-term obedience, scare or shame people. If you want transformation, anchor them to God’s unconditional love."

– Danielle Shroyer, author of a new book, “Original Blessing: Putting Sin in Its Rightful Place,” in an interview with Jonathan Merritt for Religion News Service.


Retired Bishop William Willimon

"Patience is a Christian virtue, to be sure. But in the present mean-spirited and divisive political climate, and given the coming disaster on Jan. 20 that we have brought on ourselves, I want to say a good word for impatience. ... There’s a time for reconciliation, for prayers for unity and healing. This is not such an hour."

– Retired United Methodist Bishop Will Willimon in "My Prayer for Martin Luther King Jr. Day" for Religion News Service, Jan. 13.

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