Let’s get it out there: I don’t want to begin this blogging endeavor with a hokey “first post” post, but I can’t see any way around it. I’ve tried – this is my third attempt to write this – but it seems inevitable. So I’ll try to make it as quick and painless as possible. I’m Brandon, and this is my WordPress site. I hope to use this as a place to work through the questions that arise from the space I occupy in the world – I’m a United Methodist pastor who is married (we’re not-quite-newlyweds) to a youth minister. We are currently living in Nashville, TN, where Courtney works as a youth minister and where I attended Vanderbilt Divinity School. As of January 1st, I pastor two congregations in Dickson, TN. Around the beginning of June, we plan to head to the land of our mothers – Oklahoma – to continue our work there.
A few years ago, my mother bought me a journal with a quote from David Hare on the cover: “The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.” My primary intention here is to discover what I believe regarding the questions that arise as I walk through life with my wife, the folks with whom I do ministry, and my God. One frequently recurring category pertains to living in connection with the United Methodist Church. Since 2012 is divisible by 4, this is a General Conference year, and the United Methodist Publishing House has published five new books to help prepare delegates (and non-delegates like myself) to study as they seek to address the challenges facing the UMC. Jeremy Smith at Hacking Christianity is hosting a #GC2012 Book Study for Lent, and I’ll be participating in the synchroblog that will occur each Tuesday in Lent – at least for the first two books. If you are interested, swim on over to HX on Thursday for questions and conversation on Lovett Weems’s Focus.
Thanks for reading. I intend to post approximately weekly, and I hope you’ll join in the conversation. I’ll strive to make it worth your time.