Summertime in the UMC

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A United Methodist pastor reflects on Jesus’ parables from the farm and the future of the UMC.

JAMES C. HOWELL
Ministry Matters

During these long, sweltering summer days, when the pace of church life is a bit slower for me, I find my mind wandering from here to there, and I start to connect some dots I wouldn’t if I were busier.

Dots like the Gospel lectionary texts for the past two Sundays and what will eventually happen to us United Methodists in the aftermath of years of wrangling over homosexuality. On July 16, we were dazzled and confounded by Jesus’ story about the crazed sower who tossed his precious seed, not just on the fertile, plowed soil, but right on the road, where it was rocky, and even in that thorn-infested place over there.

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