The United Methodist Church is Imploding

(Continuing thoughts on trends.) I just finished teaching in the certification class at Perkins School of Youth Ministry (http://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/PSYM%202013).  To the whole group last Monday and to the class members throughout the week, I said several hard things about the future. One of the hard things I said was, “The United Methodist Church is imploding.” […]

The Clumsiness of Categories

Today, I worry about  sounding downright ungenerous and small-souled.  Even more, I worry because the topic I’m about to join cuts a little too close to the bone for me personally.  I’m going to try to use parts of my life experience as a means of illustrating a problem in our church (United Methodist) that […]

Should GC Delegates Have to Demonstrate Theological Qualifications Beforehand?

People who seek to become naturalized citizens of the United States must pass a test to qualify for the privilege of reciting the citizenship oath.  And it’s an oral test (see http://www.uscis.gov).  No guessing on multiple choice questions. Still worrying about the fallout from the 2012 United Methodist General Conference: what if potential delegates had to […]

Sex Talk at General Conference

This is the week at General Conference when things start to get really hot, as the controversial votes come to the floor of plenary session.  The topic of homosexuality will grab the headlines again and, though I understand why, I wish we were talking about other sexual matters, too. Anyone working with young adults in […]

Perhaps to Clear Some Confusion: Sanctification, Christian Perfection, Legalism and Perfectionism

I am having a blast teaching United Methodist Doctrine to a group of theology school students.  I’ve been out of the classroom for a year, so it feels good to get back in there. Yesterday, we covered that part of United Methodist doctrine that John Wesley called “‘the grand depositum’ for which Methodists were chiefly […]

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