A recent Time Magazine article by Joel Stein explores and laments the character and power of internet trolls. According to Wikipedia, they are people “who sow discord on the internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous or off-topic messages in an online community…with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an […]
(Occupied with other matters, I have not posted on this blog in a long time. The following is a sermon I preached recently in the chapel at Perkins School of Theology for the Course of Study School. I occasionally say that we preachers are all “Johnny One Note.” We typically have a dominant theme in […]
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. […]
Like a number of other words, “orthodoxy” (or “orthodox”) has become a fighting word. People who call themselves “orthodox” (as I do) get taken to task by others suspicious of our motives. Apparently, we are hellbent to impose our narrow, outmoded, beliefs on others and either force them to capitulate or force them out of […]
Every day closer to General Conference intensifies the feeling of apprehension I have about The United Methodist Church. It prompts the question, “What does the church need to persevere and (even) to thrive?” In the following answer, I’ve tried to boil it down to what I believe are essentials. A Clear Doctrinal Core Every group, […]
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United Methodism’s current agonies uncover a deep problem related to our polity. Maybe it’s a good time, then, to ask a basic question. What does it mean for us United Methodists to live with a specific polity? To get at that question, let me tell you a story. I recently had a student unhappy […]
Memorial Day weekend and a family reunion with the graveside service of a brother has given me pause. This morning during my prayer time, it hit me that I have been engaged in the ministry for now more than 40 years, 30-some of which are on record with The United Methodist Church. As an elder, […]
In my most recent post, I tried to show why I and some other United Methodists don’t find the so-called local option on same sex marriage helpful. I said I would try a “method” question in a subsequent post, and this is it. I recently read a blog by a UM scholar that stated quite […]
Adam Hamilton’s powerful communication gifts, his love for Christ and the church, and his notable leadership skills have placed him in a position of great influence. From this platform he appears to be doing all he can to sway us toward “A Way Forward,” the commonly-called local option on same sex marriage. I struggle with […]
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When I first read the United Methodist Centrist Movement (http://umcm.today) blog, “No Room at the Table for Centrists,” I got an ear worm. Does anyone remember Twisted Sister? Irritated that “centrists” were left out of a conversation of five UM caucus groups with the Commission on General Conference, they have made their feelings known. I […]
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