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Tim McClendon

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. more

Aug 23, 2016 5:07 PM 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. more

Apr 21, 2016 6:03 PM 2016 General Conference 1 Comments

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. more

Feb 19, 2016 9:28 AM 2016 General Conference 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. more

Oct 22, 2015 10:33 AM Practicing Faith

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. more

Aug 23, 2016 5:07 PM 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. more

Apr 21, 2016 6:03 PM 2016 General Conference 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. more

Mar 24, 2016 3:24 PM Practicing Faith

Praying for One Another

UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

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. more

Feb 19, 2016 9:28 AM 2016 General Conference 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. more

Oct 22, 2015 10:33 AM 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. more

Jul 10, 2015 10:57 AM 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. 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. more

Feb 19, 2015 4:26 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Keep Christmas

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

Dec 30, 2014 12:51 PM 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. 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

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

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

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

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

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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