Standing Committee on Faith and Order: What Happened? Or How Doctrine Teaches Us What to Care About

What happened to the standing Committee on Faith and Order, established, I think, by the 2008 General Conference? I looked at several UM websites to see what I could dig up and found precious little, except for announcements about the

Wanted: Virtuous Christians

(The following meditation I delivered in our campus Ash Wednesday service today.  God’s blessings on you.) The English language, like all languages, is a living, changing thing.  And sometimes its features are rather amusing.  Take, for example, contronyms, words with

Reversing the Implosion

In a previous post, I talked about United Methodism’s implosion.  Of course, we are not a building.  We are a people.  Hence, the implosion can be reversed.  What do we do to make the reversal happen?  It’s time for me

Where Was God?

The blogosphere is in hyperdrive over the Newtown tragedy.  I’ve already weighed in once and am still thinking.  How does one offer perspectives that very well may sound harsh and uncaring, but are meant as pastoral reflections?  I shall try.

Grown-Up Discipleship: Loving Enemies

John Wesley begins the concluding paragraph of his third discourse on the Sermon on the Mount in this way: “Behold Christianity in its native form; as delivered by its great Author!  This is the genuine religion of Jesus Christ.” When

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