Box-cutting Thoughts

Some of Bill's Favorite Scriptures:

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  – Deuteronomy 6:4-5,

And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.  – Mark 12:29-31

Dear friends, here and now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  – 1 John 3:2

And she bore him a son, and Moses called the boy Gershom, saying, “I have been a stranger in a strange land.”  – Exodus 2:22




Bill is an ordained clergy person in the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, an author, and an unofficial instigator for change.

After serving a variety of local churches for 31 years, he switched into full time writing in 2010. He divides his time between nonfiction (books for churches and individuals going through transition) and fiction (Bethany’s People Series).

He’s also passionate about transition, both the curveballs life throws us as individuals, and the organizational transitions congregations and denominations must navigate from time to time. He hosts the monthly podcasts of TIIMSA (Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialists Association), a support and resource group for UMC clergy working in transitional situations.

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Some of Bill's Favorite Quotes:

In the midst of life, we are in death.  – 14th century monastical chant

Those who are not busy being born are busy dying.  – Bob Dylan

“It really made me an instant pacifist. Up to that time, I’d been a good American boy, in the boy scouts, etc… Nagasaki really woke me up.” – Ferlinghetti interview for Rolling Stone

We may spend our whole life climbing the ladder of success, only to find when we get to the top that our ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.  – Attributed to Thomas Merton and others.

Thou still unravish’d bride of quietness, Thou foster-child of silence and slow time… “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”  – John Keats, in “Ode to a Grecian Urn”

Many of the brief insights in this blog are further expanded on in one or more of his church leadership books.

When Discipleship Resources cut back on clergy leadership offerings in 2011, Bill stepped in to form the Not Perfect Yet Publishing house. His books can be found at .


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