Quill pen line art_Pearson Scott ForesmanI took a hiatus from my column writing with the United Methodist Reporter after May of last year. It wasn’t by choice so much as it was out of necessity. I had a number of things pressing on me (including the little matter of needing to finish a dissertation!) that made me have to prioritize and reduce some of my regular commitments. I never signed off as a Reporter columnist, though, because I never intended the break to be permanent.

I mention this because as of this week, I’m back on the job. My new column space (which we’re calling “Faith in Action”) is ready to go. The first installment of this renewed work with the Reporter is a look at the visibility of the Wesleyan message in the larger culture. I’ll be writing monthly for the Reporter, including the quarterly column I write for the Arkansas United Methodist newspaper. Of course, this blog will serve as a clearing house for those other outlets and I’ll always post here to let me regular readers know when I’ve got something in another venue.

My new column for the Reporter is one looking at the way in which Wesleyans seem to lag behind some other groups in making their voices heard broadly. This is about a conversation that originated on Facebook and Twitter, and it is now crossing a variety of social media. You can follow some of it by going to #andcanitbe on Twitter. And I’d encourage you to follow me as well @andrew72450.

I’m grateful for the optimism of others about what Wesleyan theologians might be able to do if we put our noses to the collective grindstone. As always, your thoughts and feedback are welcome.

Update: Jeremy Smith of the Hacking Christianity blog has written a critique of my new column, which is worth reading along with the resulting comments.