Posts by Wayne Cook

Posts by Wayne Cook

Enough Is Enough

Warning, long post ahead… I have been told that the church needs to stay out of politics. That we don’t need to offend. Well. I am reminded of the line in the musical “1776” when John Adams responds to another delegate who objects to a statement in the draft of the Declaration of Independence because it may offend the British Parliament, “We’re at war, damnit, we’ve got to offend someone!” I’m afraid that that is where we are today. We…

Who Are WE?

As I think about the troubles facing United Methodism, I am beginning to believe that we have forgotten who we are. Folks are seemingly entrenched on one side or another of any issue that you want to address… not just the issue of human sexuality which has vexed us since 1972, only 4 years after our merger with the Evangelical United Brethren to form the United Methodist Church. When I see the divisions, I have to believe that John Wesley…

All Things New

The plan was a good plan. But, like any good plan, there are always complications. Our plan for March 31, the first Fifth Sunday of the year was a good plan. After months of uncertainty, conversations with insurance folks and remediation folks, and settling upon a plan to renew the Fellowship Hall space, the plan looked good. It looked like something we could accomplish. It looked doable. But, alas, it was unworkable. Aaron, our renovation contractor, and his crew did…

2019 Lenten Devotionals

The Holston Conference Communications staff and the Clergy Services team have joined forces with our District Superintendents and the members of the Board of Ordained Ministry to offer a series of devotions for this Lenten Season. You can find a link to the devotional web page here. From the web page, you can subscribe to a daily email of the devotional, or link to the devotions that have been published. Gary Grogg and I are both contributors to this devotional…

Getting Ready for General Conference 2019

Friends, I know that there are lots of questions about the called General Conference that will take place beginning Saturday in St Louis. Delegates to the highest rule making body in the United Methodist Church are coming together to consider the report of the Commission on a Way Forward, a group requested by the General Conference meeting in 2016. The Commission on a Way Forward was given the task of studying and presenting a way for the United Methodist Church…

A Franciscan Blessing

Several people asked me about a copy of the “Franciscan Blessing” that I used to close the service on February 10, 2019. As I stated, I am not sure of the origin of the blessing, nor do I know why it is especially considered “Franciscan.” But, it is a call for us to live into our faith. I share it below: A Franciscan Blessing May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that…

Welcome to our new website

Hello McFarland! This new website has been a long time coming… and there are still some customizations that will take place as we continue to move into the new year. Our goal with the website is to two fold: If you are new to McFarland United Methodist Church, we hope to provide you with the information that you need to connect with us. If you are already connected with us, we plan to provide you with a single location to…