Centering the United Methodist Church on Christ

Regard for the Weak

In this time of pandemic and "lockdown," we are all dealing with new realities that we have never experienced before. As I work from home, I can look out the front window of my house. Half the traffic during the day on our street is delivery trucks (Amazon, FedEx,...

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Implications of Postponing General Conference

By now, I am sure you are aware that General Conference has been postponed until sometime in 2021. A date and place for the rescheduled conference has not been announced and may not be for a few weeks. Beyond question, this was the right decision. With the spreading...

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The Impact of Social Distancing

We have a new phrase in our vocabulary: "social distancing." In this time of the novel coronavirus, keeping a distance from other people can help stop the spread of the disease. It is ironic to me that this virus has caused an extreme form of what our society has...

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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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