The United Methodist Church runs on its membership: membership totals determine decision-making power. But what if those numbers are artificially inflated?
Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing, from the perspective of an area high school student.
A guest post looking at the Church of the Nazarene’s expulsion of progressive ideas serves as a caution to the United Methodist Church. If we split or schism, the result may NOT be a more focused mission for both, but rather an empowered witchhunt to root out the next level of deviants on both sides.
Achievement unlocked. I made the Confessing Movement’s periodic email. And not just mentioned–the first line! Ha! The Confessing Movement opposes LGBT inclusion in the United Methodist Church and thus it’s little wonder they probably fell out of their seat to spend an entire email attacking me. The rest of the email is a straw-man affiliating […]
The Internet has eliminated libraries as gatekeepers of knowledge. A case study of Oxford’s successful library yields some possible parallel courses of action for gatekeepers of spiritual knowledge: the Church.
Reflections on the Germanwings tragedy as framed by Holy Week in the Christian tradition.
The current narrative is that renewal is needed after decades of conservative evangelical oppression. But the reality is the opposite: they have owned the UMC for a long time and continue to blame the brokenness on the minority party.
If on a spiritual level we are all vessels of change with each breath, what are you breathing out that substantially changes the world?
In a world where the whats no longer sustain Christendom, it’s the how that really matters, not the what or the why. If we aren’t solid on that, in the 24-7 youtubed and archived world we live in, then the whats ultimately don’t matter.
An arrow slung at progressives is that they profess extra-biblical revelation that LGBT people are to be included fully in the life of the church. However, such an arrow falls short historically and theologically as we see such revelations eventually becoming the plain reading of Scripture.