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

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

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

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

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Notable Quotes

"Where the [Pew Research Center] data shows five million fewer Protestants, three million fewer Catholics, and nineteen million more “nones” who do not identity with any religion, I see Sarah the bartender who isn’t allowed to love Jesus because she loves women, Sam who adores the new Pope but hates the things the church has done in the name of Jesus, and David the minister who just can’t believe in hell."
– Reba Riley, writing in Time magazine.


I just think it's important for them to know what it does to someone who is a Christian and who is Methodist when something like this happens. It does hurt your ability to have faith for awhile."
-- Kelly Bardier, who along with her partner Jaci Pfeiffer were dismissed from an Orlando-area United Methodist daycare center because of their relationship, after reaching a settlement with the Florida Conference that will require church and daycare center employees to meet with pro-LGBT church groups.


“To [Millennials], ‘religion’ means ‘Republican,’ ‘intolerant,’ and ‘homophobic,'” wrote Putnam and Campbell in Foreign Affairs. “Since those traits do not represent their views, they do not see themselves—or wish to be seen by their peers—as religious.” - See more at: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2015/05/13/evangelicals-claims-of-conservative-supremacy-are-overstated-and-misread-americas-religious-landscape/#sthash.P7az5pTO.dpuf

"Both Jesus and Francis did not let the old get in the way of the new, but like all religious geniuses, revealed what the old was saying all along. I find much wisdom in what the contemporary faith seeker Christian Wiman writes: 'Faith itself sometimes needs to be stripped of its social and historical encrustations and returned to its first, churchless incarnation in the human heart.' "
– Noted spiritual guide and author Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, in his May 21 daily meditation.