What Is Meant By ‘Infallible’

One of the critiques of the statement last week from the leading pastors and theologians group calling for conversation around the possibility of amicable separation, involved the claim that orthodox, evangelical, and traditionalist United Methodists believe in the “infallibility” of Scripture.  The statement includes this description of one aspect of our current crisis: It is… Continue reading What Is Meant By ‘Infallible’

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Another Step of Fragmentation

Over last weekend, the Detroit Annual Conference passed a resolution that endorses a failure to uphold the Discipline of The United Methodist Church.  The resolution encourages all members and structures of the annual conference to do three things: Support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) lay members who marry and refrain from filing complaints against… Continue reading Another Step of Fragmentation

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The Role of the Connectional Table

In light of the recent controversies around the recommendation of the Connectional Table to change the church’s teaching on homosexuality, it might be helpful to see what the purpose of the Connectional Table is in United Methodist structure. The Connectional Table is a coordinating body.  It is the body “where ministry and money are brought… Continue reading The Role of the Connectional Table

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Trust Betrayed — Again

As an observer at the Connectional Table dialogue and meeting in Chicago this week, I was cautiously hopeful that genuine dialogue would take place and that The United Methodist Church’s moral teaching on human sexuality would receive a fair hearing.  Sadly, my hopes were dashed. As the UM News Service reported, the dialogue involved a… Continue reading Trust Betrayed — Again

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