Blog Posts


Webcast on the "Unity of the Church in the Midst of Difficult Conversations"


Bearing with one another in love Webcast video recording, including Q and A. I love The United Methodist Church. One of my friends tells me that I am a genetic Methodist — it is in my DNA. But I have spent many years studying our history, our doctrine and our polity, and I truly believe that if I had been born into a non-Christian family, I would have become a United Methodist by choice. I love the diversity of our church. I love that we have congregations and conferences on four continents. I ...

Difficult conversations


Wichita Eagle: Audience airs feelings about police Photos: Wichita public meeting discusses police/community relations KWCH interview of Revs. Harding & Dotson #NoFergusonHere (107-minute video of meeting) On August 28, a group of nearly 600 people gathered at East High School in Wichita, to address the question of how to prevent the same type of conflict we have seen in Ferguson, Missouri. Convened by a group of clergy and community leaders and led by United Methodist pastors ...

Deepening Christmas


Christmas should be one of the deepest and most meaningful times of the year. It is the celebration of God’s ultimate, self-giving intervention into human history. While there are many songs that express the joy and wonder of this incredible event, my mind keeps going back to an unlikely hymn: Let all mortal flesh keep silence, And with fear and trembling stand; Ponder nothing earthly minded, For with blessing in His hand, Christ our God to earth descendeth, Our full homage to demand. King of ...