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

About this Blog

Reprints from Tim McClendon's blog, A Potter's View

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 Notable Quotes


What the New Testament teaches us is that Jesus reached out to those who were considered the outcasts, the ones who did not conform to the religious societies’ view of the world…We do not have a belief, in my way of looking at religion, that says we have to discriminate against anybody. If you were to apply those standards to the teachings of Jesus, I don’t think they fit. - See more at: http://davidgushee.religionnews.com/2016/03/07/nathan-deal-ga-discrimination-lgbt/?email=one.scribe56%40gmail.com#sthash.npCFOd14.dpuf

"Where legalism dominated, many, many, Christians want a religion of grace, mercy, and freedom. ... If raised in legalism, anti-legalism looks really, really good. If raised in anti-legalism, sometimes a little bit of clarity and structure looks really, really good. And so it goes, in the legalism spiral that constantly churns in the world’s great religions."

– Baptist ethicist David Gushee, writing for Religion News Service


“I think as Christians, we’re called to higher standards than Robert’s Rules of Order. Christ calls the church to be witnesses and models of love and grace and Christ-like relationships.”

– The Rev. Andy Bryan, pastor of Campbell United Methodist Church in Campbell, MO, commenting in a United Methodist News Service article on the proposed alternative discernment process for the 2016 General Conference


 


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