Enduring the Long Winter of #UMC Discontent

Between Epiphany and General Conference, there isn’t much else to do but fight. Don’t let it happen. Winter is coming already here After the liturgical day of Epiphany, we enter Ordinary Time: eight Sundays until Lent begins. In the assigned Scriptures from the Lectionary, this is a time of reading stories about Jesus. But in the world of United Methodism, this is just a time for fighting. We’ve been somewhat good up until now. There was Advent and Christmas to…

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The Biblical Definition of Marriage? [Guest Post]

The following is a guest post by a previous contributor Rev. Brady Whitton  (see articles here and here). Take a read for a helpful contribution to the General Conference 2019 debate.  === The Biblical Definition of Marriage? By Rev. Brady S. Whitton As the Special Session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church draws near (St. Louis, February 23-26), I’ve talked with many United Methodists who are on the fence about the practice of same-gender marriage. What I…

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As Go The Mormons, So Go The Methodists?

The 2018 breakup of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (“Mormons” or “LDS Church”) with the Boy Scouts of America (“Scouts USA”) ends a 100-year relationship and serves as an example of two faith-based American institutions reaching the breaking point of irreconcilable differences. Is this breakup a portent for the United Methodist Church in 2019? The Straw and the Camel’s Back Noah Feldman, writing about the LDS Church/Scouts USA breakup for Bloomberg on May 13th 2018, notes…

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United Methodism shouldn’t be a Big Tent? History says otherwise.

People like to say that United Methodism shouldn’t become a big tent church with a variety of beliefs under its roof. But we already are that big tent, and we wouldn’t be who we are without our diversity of traditions. Here they are and why they matter to our talk of “unity in diversity” now heading into the 2019 General Conference. Click to enlarge Navigating the Four Streams under One Methodist Bridge The graphic above shows the four distinct historical traditions…

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Is United Methodism a Complementarian church?

One of the United Methodist News‘ series is “Many Voices, One Faith” a series “designed to put the voices of the church in conversation with one another and build an understanding of what it means to be United Methodist today.” You can read the commentaries here. As of this writing, its latest entry is by the Rev. Paul Stallsworth, the executive director of LifeWatch, a pro-life advocacy organization focused on The United Methodist Church. Stallsworth’s article makes a startling claim to this…

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