Welcome! My name is Teddy Ray. I’m currently a student at Yale Law School after 20 years in pastoral ministry in Kentucky. I’m not yet sure what that will mean for the future of this blog.
When I began seminary several years ago, I got wise advice about how the first year of seminary is “theological puberty.” That is, you’re going through rapid change and your voice will probably crack a lot. Not the best time for trying to speak with confidence. The same is surely true for law school, so I don’t expect to attempt much legal commentary, at least for this first year. And you shouldn’t want to hear it, anyway. But I hope to continue writing in some fashion, more likely about church, theology, and pastoral ministry in the near-term, perhaps with some legal integration later on.
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Disclaimer: The opinions I express here don’t necessarily represent those of the Offerings Community, First UMC, or the United Methodist Church. This is my personal blog.
My goal is to provide a pastoral voice on issues related to the church, its ministry, and Christian living. I do this as someone with much hope for the church and for Christianity in the West, but also as someone concerned that the North American Church has lost its way on a number of points. With that, I hope some of these thoughts will point to a different way of being church, doing ministry, and living as Christians than what seems most prevalent today.
I hope this can be a connection-point for like-minded people. I hope it will give you a place to send others whom you’d like to bring into the conversation. And I hope it will provide a place for others to give me new ideas or challenge some of my current ones.
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MY TOP POSTS
Looking for a good place to start? These are the posts that have been most popular:
The Local Church’s Competition – Who are local churches competing against? What should their competition be?
Why I love Wesleyan theology – How Wesleyan theology has changed my life.
Jesus and Politics – How can Christians enter or abstain from the political fray?
Pastors’ Salaries and Church Buildings – How do we handle money wisely in the church?
10 Tips for New Seminary Students – Be sure to read the comments for lots of other good suggestions from others.
Christians and Pornography – This is a big problem among professing Christians. And it goes well beyond what many consider “porn.”
Why I am (Still) a Methodist – My best reasons for still being a Methodist.