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Tim McClendon

The Rev. Darryl W. Stephens responds that the Rev. Tim McClendon's argument regarding the One Church Plan presents worrisome "tactics and words." Read more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

Contrary to some perceptions, the Judicial Council's decision to delay a ruling on the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto is a good thing, giving the UMC some desperately needed breathing space, writes the Rev. Tim McClendon. Read more

Finance and Administration

Unity dolls

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The Rev. Tim McClendon ponders how delegates to the 2016 General Conference can make decisions that will foster unity and keep The United Methodist Church from splitting apart. Read more

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Praying for One Another

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As United Methodists in South Carolina pray for the coming General Conference, the Rev. Tim McClendon speaks up for maintaining the unity of The United Methodist Church. Read more

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When we confront repeat offenders, Christians must look to Jesus's model of unilateral, limitless forgiveness -- by way of author Anne Lamott's colorful imagery, writes the Rev. Tim McClendon. Read more

Practicing Faith

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The Rev. Timothy McClendon resists the One Church Plan because he thinks that a unified system of belief is an essential trait of Methodism. Read more

A Way Forward

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The Rev. Tim McClendon disputes reports about the nature and intentions of a private meeting of delegates on the "One Church" model from the Commission on A Way Forward's report to the 2019 General Conference. Read more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

Contrary to some perceptions, the Judicial Council's decision to delay a ruling on the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto is a good thing, giving the UMC some desperately needed breathing space, writes the Rev. Tim McClendon. Read more

Finance and Administration

Unity dolls

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The Rev. Tim McClendon ponders how delegates to the 2016 General Conference can make decisions that will foster unity and keep The United Methodist Church from splitting apart. Read more

GC Archive 1 Comments

Brussels Suspects

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For Christians, responding to the evil represented in the March 22 attacks on Brussels is far more complex and nuanced than many believe, writes the Rev. Tim McClendon. Read more

Practicing Faith

Praying for One Another

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As United Methodists in South Carolina pray for the coming General Conference, the Rev. Tim McClendon speaks up for maintaining the unity of The United Methodist Church. Read more

GC Archive 2 Comments

When we confront repeat offenders, Christians must look to Jesus's model of unilateral, limitless forgiveness -- by way of author Anne Lamott's colorful imagery, writes the Rev. Tim McClendon. Read more

Practicing Faith

On the day that South Carolina took down the Confederate flag from its state capitol, the Rev. Timothy McClendon reflects on the history of his home state and his hopes for a more perfect union in the future. Read more

Perspectives

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. Read more

Mar 13, 2015 12:22 PM Tim McClendon

It's cold outside and inside the Church, says the Rev. Tim McClendon, but there's a sure way to warm things up -- a renewed, transforming emphasis on Jesus. Read more

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Keep Christmas

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The Rev. Tim McClendon ponders how to keep Christmas all year as we head into 2015. Read more

Perspectives

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. Read 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. Read more

Jan 17, 2014 4:02 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. Read more

Mar 12, 2013 9:20 AM Tim McClendon 2 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? Read 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. Read more

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

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. Read more

Oct 30, 2012 5:26 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. Read 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. Read more

Jun 8, 2012 3:26 PM Tim McClendon

A list of the commentators and the blogs from which their perspectives are drawn. Read more

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