The United Methodist Church needs to understand itself not as a national or international denomination, but as an inter-cultural mission in the biblical tradition, writes Dr. Robert A. Hunt.
Struck by the contradiction in a hymn’s lyrics, Dr. Robert A. Hunt looks at how faith and learning interact with one another.
United Methodist discussions about human sexuality involve so many and varied appeals to authority and types or arguments that trying to delineate them might bring some clarity, if not unity, to the debate, writes Dr. Robert Hunt.
Dr. Robert A. Hunt of Perkins School of Theology proposes to evaluate “Wonder, Love and Praise,” the proposed document on the church’s identity, by examining the process that brought it into being.
In the last of three parts, Dr. Robert Hunt warns that, with rare exceptions, United Methodist leaders aren’t getting the training in cross-cultural skills that will be essential to decision-making in a global denomination.
So long as our decision-making processes are carried out under the illusion that our patterns of decision-making are somehow a-cultural and universal, we are really just a Western church with colonies worldwide, writes Dr. Robert Hunt.
Decision-making has far more to do with culture than it does with geography, and that affects the Church, writes Dr. Robert A. Hunt for UM & Global.