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 formation of the committee and one 2010 update, which was basically about who is on […]

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 […]

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 you consider the subject Mr. Wesley has been addressing to get him to this conclusion, […]

Those Pesky Passions

I recently published a book on spiritual maturity and I’m going try to develop the habit of blogging regularly about themes related to the book.  This post is one and it touches on a very personal struggle. I continue to think about the challenges of Christian disciples growing to maturity – to the full measure […]

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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