I’m a Methodist Pastor for two small churches in south central Nebraska; Blue Hill United Methodist & Bladen United Methodist. I’ve always lived in small rural community and there is no place I’d rather be than here. Much that is fundamental to our Christian faith is expressed in the values and beliefs of the people who live in small towns and rural communities. However the world keeps changing and no church can exist in isolation. Even small community churches need to make use of new technology and find ways to remain relevant in today’s world.
So the purpose of this blog is twofold: To communicate ideas and thoughts that help maintain that relevancy while still upholding the underlying values which have sustained our small churches for generations. And to communicate events and activities to my congregation so they may remain engaged in the ministry of my two churches.
I’m a progressive minister and not all my congregants will agree with some of my observation. I’m also aware that God is nurturing me and my churches and that I’m not always right. What may seem clear and indisputable now, I may have to rethink and revaluate later. But that is part of the journey and as God leads me and my congregations down one path or another I want to share that journey and welcome others as well.
Perhaps this blog is nothing more than a way to organize my thoughts and make sense of the jumble of theological, social, scriptural and human thoughts that bounce around inside my head. Anyone reading these words may only be a handful of people and I may be doing nothing more than talking to myself. If you agree or disagree with what I said or would like to comment, please do so. I simple ask that you respect my opinion and reply with civility and Christian goodwill.