Last week, while studying for an exam, I took a break and spent a few minutes browsing in Cokesbury. The woman working there was very friendly. She noticed that I was perusing the Methodist section and told me that the 2008 Book of Discipline was out, which people were very excited about.

Has anyone ever actually read the Book of Discipline? I will willingly concede that it is a good idea to have a copy of the new Discipline, as it is the formal rule book for how we conduct our lives together as Methodists. But get excited about it? It isn’t exactly the 8th book in the Harry Potter series.

At best, we are a weird people if the Book of Discipline is the kind of thing we get excited about.