Centering the United Methodist Church on Christ

Is Structural Unity Mandatory for the Church?

In a recent blog, Bishop Gary Mueller makes the case for yet another plan to resolve the conflict in The United Methodist Church. His "2 X 4 Plan" calls for two regional conferences in each part of the globe -- Africa, Europe, the Philippines, and the United States --...

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What Separation Means for Clergy

As the details of the "Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation" become better understood, questions arise about how the Protocol of Separation would affect groups within the church. I have already looked at how it affects U.S. churches and the...

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What Separation Means for Central Conferences

Now that the enabling legislation for the "Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation" has been publicly released, I am at liberty to share more fully the details of what it proposes. I previously wrote about how the process of separation would work for...

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What Separation Means for U.S. Churches

The legislation that would implement the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation has been completed. It has been sent for formatting and will be forwarded to several annual conferences that are supposed to have special sessions in order to adopt the...

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Where’s the Money?

Faced with the possibility of an impending split in the denomination, United Methodists are rightly worried about the financial impact of the newly proposed Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation. Giving to the denomination's general apportionments...

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Words to Celebrate Christmas

One of the popular activities during the Christmas season is to sing Christmas carols. As a musician myself, I find that music moves me in a deeper way than many other forms of expression. When it comes to Christmas carols, however, sometimes the familiarity of the...

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Waiting for the Church’s Future

It is fitting that we take the month before Christmas (the church season of Advent) as a time of waiting. Historically, the church calendar teaches us to eagerly await the celebration of Christmas and all the joys and excitement we experience during that time. With...

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A Crisis of Identity

The current crisis in The United Methodist Church is often portrayed as a crisis of unity. The unity of our denomination is threatened by deep theological disagreement and the refusal of some parts of the church to abide by the decisions of General Conference and live...

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Both Conservative and Liberal

The United Methodist Church inherited from the Church of England via John Wesley the idea of "the middle way." For Anglicans, this "middle way" meant the church could be both catholic and reformed (the two major theological poles in the 1500's and 1600's when the...

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