The Problem is Still Theological

A friend of mine pointed me yesterday to a tweet that states flatly, “‘Orthodoxy’ is code for white privilege, homophobia, racism and sexism.”  There you have it.  One group of United Methodists thinks another group of United Methodists (1) stubbornly persists in holding to long-discredited beliefs and (2) uses those long-discredited beliefs to exclude others. […]

Unavoidable Orthodoxy

“Orthodox” or “orthodoxy,” used not in reference to church bodies often known as “Eastern” Orthodox, but in the more formal sense of “adhering to right beliefs,” has been much on my mind lately.  Today, I posted on my Facebook timeline a Religion News piece (here) about Rob Bell, former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church. […]

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 to get constructive. First and above all, we must get serious about how we catechize […]

Christmas, Doctrine and a Flourishing Christian life

(This post originated just prior to Christmas 2009.  It still seems relevant, so I’m reposting.) In my prayer time the other day I was pondering Psalm 43:3, “O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.” Truth and good order […]

George McGovern the Quintessential Methodist?

Senator George McGovern was 90 years old when he died Sunday last.  In some ways, it seems to me, Dr. McGovern (Ph.D. from Northwestern U.) was quintessentially United Methodist.  Pondering how produces some worthwhile reflection about the church’s  current identity and future impact. So, let me try this thesis, using Senator McGovern’s legacy as a […]

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