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Blog Moved

by November 12, 2012 » Add the first comment.

The High Noon Blog has moved.  I have moved the site to it’s own domain name.  Please update your links and rss feeds.  The new site is highnoonblog.com.  The new feed can be found by clicking here.  Also consider checking out the blog’s new Facebook page by clicking here.


They Will Know Us By

by October 31, 2012 » Add the first comment.

Jack Jackson offers the United Methodist church four options on how to deal with our “debate over progressive views lesiban and gay ordination and marriage.”  He advocates that we pursue disunion.  I strongly disagree.  When you frame the issue the way Mr. Jackson frames it, and give us only four options, then that may indeed […]


Correlation Does Not Imply Causation

by October 18, 2012 » Add more comments.

After reading Talbot Davis’s post on “The Five Things Methodists Can Learn From Independent Churches,” I think it needs to be said that: “correlation does not imply causation.”  As United Methodists continue to worry about a lack of quantitative success, as judged by worldly standards of bigger and more, I understand the temptation to look […]


Failure or Faith?

by September 12, 2012 » Add the first comment.

In college I did research on the Unitarian pastor and scientist Joseph Priestley.  Priestley had many interests.  He wrote on theology, scriptural studies, language, science, education, politics, and more.  Joseph often wrote about the areas where these interests intersected.  For example, his interest in language intersected with his interests related to religion and science. Priestley […]


The Process

by September 5, 2012 » Add the first comment.
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I read this article on Sports Illustrated’s website a few weeks ago. I think it captures, in the language of college football, something I believe the church needs to take note of.  The article suggests that in the Saban school of coaching, the way to win national championships is not to focus on national championships.  […]


Prayer for Students and All Those Working With Students 2012

by September 4, 2012 » Add the first comment.

Almighty God, We praise you as the ultimate source of all knowledge.  Generation to generation you have shared your truth with your people through the prophets.  King Solomon, the wisest man on earth, found you as the source of his wisdom. In your great mercy you sent us your Son, Jesus the Christ, to teach […]


Bloom Where You Are Planted?

by August 1, 2012 » Add the first comment.
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A blog I have grown to appreciate is the Reverend Warren Bevacqua’s The Wardog Blog.  While I am not a fan of the name, I do appreciate Warren’s thoughts on youth ministry and the resources he lifts up.  His post on “Bloom Where You’re Planted” brought up strong feelings in me.  I strongly agree with […]


Sanctimony, Schadenfreude, and Sin

by July 27, 2012 » Add the first comment.

I continue to struggle with processing the Penn State scandal.  It is overwhelming to think of what Jerry Sandusky did to children at the university.  When I ponder how he could be a member of a United Methodist church in my conference, I shudder.  One of the few rays of hope in all of this […]


More Punishment, More Problems?

by July 26, 2012 » Add the first comment.

One of my biggest fears about the whole Penn State child sex abuse scandal is that in all our sanctimony and schadenfreude, we may be making future situations worse.  Particularly in terms of transparency.  Now that the NCAA has punished Penn State with massive penalties, I wonder if other institutions, in the future, will allow […]


Double Standard

by July 23, 2012 » Add the first comment.

The joy of seeing a well respected pastor from my annual conference elected bishop was tempered by tweets complaining that Bishop Webb was a white male.  Here is the most egregious and overt tweet: I understand we need to be concerned about inclusivity.  We need to wrestle with issues of power.  As a church we […]