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

One of the most famous pictures of World War II shows Jewish women and children being arrested after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (Poland). The photo is from Jürgen Stroop Report to Heinrich Himmler from May 1943.

United States Holocaust Museum Photo

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

An Eastern Redbud, also known as a Judas Tree, in full bloom.

University of Tennessee Photo

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

The United Methodist Church system requires clergy to be superheroes but gives them little support for the tasks of ministry.

United Methodist Insight Illustration

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 taught in ambiguous parables that required his listeners to think more deeply and come to their own decisions.

Illustration Courtesy of God Is for

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 at Epworth Market Cross.

Public Domain Photo

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

First a hurricane, and then a "superstorm," Sandy was a 700-mile-wide weather event that wreaked havoc along the U.S. eastern seaboard.

NASA Photo

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

Delegates and visitors fill the plenary hall during the May 1 afternoon celebration of Pan-Methodist Full Communion. The agreement, approved April 30 by General Conference, marks a historic covenant between the predominantly white UMC and five historically black churches.

UMNS Photo by Kathleen Barry

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

Illustration by Phillip Martin

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

"The Sacking of Jerusalem" from the 1897 book "Bible Pictures" by W. A. Foster.

Public Domain Photo Courtesy of New World Encyclopedia

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


Notable Quotes

Brittany Cooper"We need to reclaim the narrative of Jesus’ life and death from the evangelical right. They have not been good stewards over the narrative. They have pimped Jesus’ death to support the global spread of American empire vis-à-vis war, 'missions,' and 'free trade,' the abuse of native peoples, the continued subjugation of Black people, and the regulation of the sexual lives of women and gay people. Let us mark this Holy Week by declaring the death to the unholy trinity of white supremacist, capitalist, heteropatriarchy. And once these systems die, may they die once and for all, never to be resurrected." – Brittany Cooper, Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies instructor at Rutgers University, writing for Salon.

“The data makes clear that opposition to same-sex marriage is coming mainly from a small and aging subset of the Christian world. If you follow the headlines, it feels like an invisible finger has flicked the first domino in a long row of tiles. But don’t be fooled. Evangelicals are still mostly opposed to same-sex marriage and concerned about how gay rights might infringe on religious freedom. A lot of time remains on the game clock, and much of the field is yet to be negotiated.” – Jonathan Merritt (Religion News Service) Predictions of evangelical concessions on LGBT rights are premature.