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Posted by on Feb 26, 2012 in Blogroll, General Rant, Leading the Church, Main, Methodism, Pop Culture, Society at Large | 2 comments

Colleagues across the country will soon be heading to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. This body only meets every four years, and is the only structure of our denomination that can make changes to our doctrine or official stance on any issue. One of the stances that is usually put to consideration for repeal regards our position on the issues surrounding homosexuality. I have good friends who are actively seeking the...

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A Vision for the Future: Questions (4/5)

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in General Rant, Leading the Church, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Pop Culture, Sermons, Society at Large, Uncategorized, US Politics | 0 comments

Who are we? Where are we? What is the problem? What is the solution? These four questions round out the scholarly method used by N.T. Wright to examine some of the deepest questions of our faith. Wright has examined Jesus, Paul, the notion of the Kingdom of Heaven, and taken on the most confusing issues of our beliefs, including atonement, the Resurrection, and many more. With apologies to my favorite theologian, I am taking up his method to...

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A Vision for the Future: Praxis (3/5)

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in General Rant, Leading the Church, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Pop Culture, Society at Large | 0 comments

For the past two weeks, I’ve been inspired to write about the United Methodist Church. A video from the General Board of Discipleship set the wheels in motion. In that video, a simple question was posed to key leaders in our denomination: “Where will the United Methodist Church be in 80 years?” Their answers pointed backward as well as forward. And their assertions focused on the notion of praxis, or the manner of being in the...

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A Vision for the Future: Premise (1/5)

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in General Rant, Leading the Church, Methodism, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I love science fiction. I’ve been waiting for years for Michio Kaku to reveal the fact that we will finally get our flying cars and personal robot assistants. But you don’t hear too many people talking about the distant future of the Church, except for maybe John’s Revelation. The General Board of Discipleship has gathered some of the leading minds in the United Methodist Church and asked them to pull back the veil on the...

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