This coming Sunday is May the Fourth. Many congregations are unaware that it is a High Holy Sunday, with an ancient liturgy commemorating it as Star Wars Sunday: May the Fourth Be With You. I am sure that everyone wants to commemorate it. But I suspect that many congregations are lost in the woods of Endor […]
Archives for April 2014
Following up on a previous post, if authority is given to the Church to determine what is sin, how do you serve within the Church when you believe it is wrong?
This is the Third Edition of our Facebook Guide for Pastors in Transition, and we have a tried-and-true method for pastors changing churches to decide how to deal with online contacts during the move.
There’s a variety of understandings of when God and humanity were reconciled; here’s a repost of a helpful chart outlining those variety of atonement theories.
The power to bind/loose laws is given by Jesus to the Church and can be applied to today’s debates about women, divorcees, LGBT Christians and many other topics that divide us.
“Chocolat” is about a French Catholic town that is rigidly observant, but a stranger opens a chocolate shop during Lent and breaks the town’s mayor control over the outcasts at the margins.
This is the FiveThirtyEight of Methodism: the numbers do not add up to the narrative that the UMC wants schism and division.
If a group had set a single criteria for schism…why didn’t they even achieve that before calling for schism in the UMC?
HX.net was quoted in a Christian Century article about Schism in the UMC and it needs a bit of clarification.
Seeing church as play allows for “house rules” whereby the United Methodist Church can experiment with possibilities and options for life together, rather than apart.