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On General Conference, Lost, and South Georgia

Jay of the Methoblog has already geared up the site for General Conference blogging. There are a good many folks that will be live blogging GC and I think that this will be the first time we can really see what is happening from many perspectives almost instantly. (correct me if I’m wrong here, but we as Methodist bloggers definitely weren’t as connected in 00 and 04 as we are now). This has great implications for transparency–maybe not fully at this conference as the full effect of the instant-publishing blogging community may not be understood for an event like this.

While I regret that I will not get to take part in General Conference this year, I am serving as a district delegate for the South Georgia Annual Conference in June. I will definitely be live blogging our AC, for those who are interested. I’ve found that, even though we are in the geographic area that John and Charles Wesley landed and ministered, we don’t have a great deal of publicity! Well, hopefully I can help share what happens this year at the South Georgia Annual Conference and you all can share with me what happens at yours!

So…. This Wednesday, while many of you will be blogging away at the opening of General Conference in Texas, I will be reading my RSS feed and anxiously waiting for Lost to come back from its short hiatus.

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Thoughts on critique

In the UMC, we are gearing up for Annual Conference season which is anticipating our General and Jurisdictional Conferences.

In my post State of the Union or Hell in a Handbasket, I wrote:

“Often our outlook is seen through the lens of our own heart whereas our view of the world is simply a mirror to the state of our own hearts. Sin clouds. Sin causes a short sightedness that causes the entire world to be as grim or amazing as our heart.”

As we critique our world, culture, and church, keep in mind that our critiques probably say more about us than the object of our critique.

My prayer for you as you try to affect positive change in our world through the power of Christ:

“May the Lord speak into your heart. Say His words and no other. Think His thoughts and no other. Love His ways and no other. May He keep you ever in His care. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.”