The current narrative is that renewal is needed after decades of conservative evangelical oppression. But the reality is the opposite: they have owned the UMC for a long time and continue to blame the brokenness on the minority party.
In a world where the whats no longer sustain Christendom, it’s the how that really matters, not the what or the why. If we aren’t solid on that, in the 24-7 youtubed and archived world we live in, then the whats ultimately don’t matter.
An arrow slung at progressives is that they profess extra-biblical revelation that LGBT people are to be included fully in the life of the church. However, such an arrow falls short historically and theologically as we see such revelations eventually becoming the plain reading of Scripture.
One of the largest United Methodist churches is holding public meetings about their “recruitment” process to “select” a new pastor. Is this how the largest churches get their pastor in a connectional church that appoints pastors to everyone else of lesser size?
When someone says that a church is behind culture, are they wanting a wishy-washy church that goes out with the tide? Not this pastor, whose quote to that effect yields a desire to know the “why” behind our beliefs, not just the letter of the law.
A quick analysis of the United Methodist Church’s book offerings for 2015 yields a huge gap between voices from the Bible Belt and voices from the mission fields of the West and the Northeast. Why do we focus our discipling efforts where church attendance is highest? Is this No Church Left Behind?