Thanks for showing up at Jitterbuggingforjesus.com, the blog that strives to prove wrong the great journalist and essayist H.L. Mencken, he who defined Christianity as “the mortal fear that somebody somewhere might be having a good time.”
Me, I’m having pretty much a good-time life as a United Methodist pastor, currently on voluntary leave of absence from official church work, who had a long, first career in secular journalism (Print Div.), mostly reporting at The Houston Chronicle, before the calling to ministry led me to seminary in 2000.
My calling, however, was always to the specialized, pastoral- and spiritual-care ministries of chaplaincy in hospice and hospital caregiving. Aside from serving as a chaplain for two years in hospice care I was a chaplain at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, and for five years before coming to Belize at a suburban Dallas Baptist Baylor Hospital hospital. Five of the best years of this Methodist minister’s life.
And by the way, chaplains–be they military, jail, hospital, hospice or extra-specialized chaplains like those in corporate ministries–are “liberal” in the sense of serving people of all faiths and no–faiths too. Their first duty is to be a loving, grace-filled, “listening presence” with no judgment involved.
Just being present and listening without judgement is Christian grace to the nth degree.
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In July 2012 I came to Belize, downsized to what I could pack into two suitcases and a backpack, to live with the peace-loving, fun-loving third-world people here, and to write a book or two.
But also to live in solidarity and ministry with the poor who live on what I describe as “the other side of Paradise” that is Belize, the “Crown Jewel” of the Caribbean. I’ve written a book to be published in 2017 titled The View from Down in Poordom: Reflections on Scriptures Addressing Poverty. It includes a chapter called “The Other Side of Paradise” about a Belizean family.
The blog’s motto pretty much says it all:
“Jitterbuggingforjesus.com is the blog that is saving the world with its wit, wisdom, provocations and stimulations while possibly (probably!) alienating whole towns, nations, cities and states.”
I have opinions, solely mine and not necessarily of The United Methodist Church of which I’m a part as it is the biggest part of me.
Grace and peace,