Someday, I hope to live this gem from The Long Loneliness:
The same principle always worked. If we are rushed for time, sow time and we will reap time. Go to church and spend a quiet hour in prayer, you will have more time than ever and your work will get done. Sow time with the poor. Sit and listen to them, give them your time lavishly. You will reap time a hundredfold. Sow kindness and you will reap kindness. Sow love, you will reap love. (252)
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.