• The Franks are on the Move

    The Franks are on the Move

    I made the announcement in worship on February 19 that our family’s time in Tremont and Illinois is coming to an end. On July 1, I will become one of the pastors at Grace Church in Cape Coral, Florida. Grace Church is a dynamic multisite church with campuses in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and Fort…

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  • Christmas in the Trenches

    Christmas in the Trenches

    “This is it. No turning back. Another Christmas in the trenches,” said young Kevin McCallister in Home Alone 2 just before he did battle with the same two thieves from the first movie. In both movies, the story is the same. Kevin has a falling out with his family and is subsequently forgotten or separated…

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  • Thanksgiving Laments

    Thanksgiving Laments

    Why am I lying awake at 4:30 on Thanksgiving morning?  Well, for one, this hotel room bed is less than ideal. We started our journey down for family Thanksgiving yesterday. The girls were pumped. A swimming pool in November? Score! We walked into the tiny room with all our stuff (it amazes me how much…

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  • Holy Monday

    Holy Monday

    On Holy Monday, we typically remember Jesus entering the Temple complex in Jerusalem and driving out the money changers. Mark’s Gospel captures it this way: 15 When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people buying and selling animals for sacrifices. He knocked over the tables of the…

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  • My Lament Moment (Or, a Different Kind of New Room)

    My first New Room Conference was back in 2016. I went to Tennessee with a small group of friends to attend a conference that I was told was unlike any other. “Unlike any other” turned out to be the grandest understatement of all time. When I thought of conferences, I thought of annual conference—a yearly…

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  • Rebuild the Altar: A Plea

    I’ve been asked it many times since the first days of the pandemic in spring of 2020. I’ve probably asked it alot, too. It may get phrased different ways but the basic point of the question is this: “What are you learning about God in this crazy time?” And I think we’ve all been looking…

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  • Dreams for the Future of Methodist–Part 3

    Someone shared my website in a chat discussion yesterday. That prompted me to look at the last thing I wrote. Whoops. It’s been a minute since I wrote part 2 of this series, my apologies. Since that last post, school started in our house and this series took a backseat. My oldest daughter started Kindergarten…

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  • Dreams for the Future of Methodism-Part 2

    In my last post, I began an unraveling of thoughts and dreams regarding the STRUCTURE of what is to come for Methodism (particularly those of us in the UMC). Without repeating everything, my thought process is pretty simple: We cannot maintain the current structure of the UMC in whatever comes next. I appreciate the tireless…

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  • Dreams for the Future of Methodism-Part 1

    Much has been made for the last several years of “The Next Methodism.” This has mostly been in response to the growing theological divide between those who self-describe as traditionalists and progressives. I have intentionally omitted the category of “centrist”, a label I once proudly claimed. As the gap has widened theologically, I believe the…

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  • My Calming

    I can’t be the only one that feels this way. My mind has been totally overwhelmed lately. I’ve told you in previous posts how tired I am, how worn down I’m feeling in the midst of all that is going on around us. I won’t rehearse all of those reasons, you can go read them.…

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