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The Rushmore Context

In 1978, the United Methodist Church took an incredible risk and ordained me. I spent the next thirty-odd years serving both rural and urban congregations.

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Expect Growth

Jesus’ point is that a seed can start out small, but like a weed, grow to takes over the garden. Why should our faith become so obvious?

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Bill's Current Thoughts on Faith, Society, and Where We are Headed

Poem: After the Riots

I’d like to see the rain come Gentle and warm Reviving the chipmunk Our dog killed last week Or healing the nation Grieving its inability

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The Problem with Debt

“Are you in debt so as to embarrass the ministry?” There is a reason for that question. Integrity is integrity. When we are in severe

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Pastors and Politics

I think we have to value compassion, character, and the heart for justice as core biblical values. If we advocate for these things consistently, then

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Transition and Aging

Aging seems gradual and inevitable, a biological process afflicting all of humanity equally. The truth is not only more complex, but radically other. We watch

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From Bill's Traveling Notebooks....

A Sneak Peak

In my novel, “Martha Finds Rest,” I retell the story of the first Easter. When I get to the part where Jesus visits the upper

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Bill's Bookshelf

A Sneak Peak

In my novel, “Martha Finds Rest,” I retell the story of the first Easter. When I get to the part where Jesus visits the upper

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