Church-ing Alone: Trust and Abeyance #GC12book

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Review of “Lord I love the Church” by Virginia BassfordIn her book “Lord, I Love the Church and We Need Help” Rev. Virginia Bassford writes story after story to illustrate her points of need in the United Methodist Church. It’s a terrific read with several laugh-out-loud moments (like slapping a lamb) where I really felt […]

Synchblog List for Back To Zero #GC12book

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SUPER LATE. Sorry. Big announcement tomorrow so that will clarify why I’ve been off the blog radar. The following blogs participated in the synchblog on ‘Back to Zero’ by Gil Rendle Kirk writes about ideology v. theology on Signs Unseen. Brandon writes about carts, horses, and vital congregations on his website. Jeremy writes about Rendle’s […]

Two Natures Controversy 2.0 in Back to Zero #GC12book

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I wonder if there’s an “Two Natures” controversy in the midst of the United Methodist Church today. No, not that one. Another one. In the 5th century, the Council of Chalcedon was debating whether Jesus was primarily his divine nature (championed by Eutyches) or whether he had two nature: divine and human. Here’s the end result: […]

#GC12book Study 02: Back To Zero [Discussion]

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General Conference Book Study part 2 of 5Hello and welcome to our Book Study for Lent. We are reading through the books suggested to General Conference delegates to get an idea of what will be in the delegates’ minds and to help us make sense of the meta-and-local issues facing the United Methodist Church. Read more […]

Synchblog List for ‘Focus’ #GC12book

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The following blogs participated in the synchblog on ‘Focus’ by Lovett Weems Jim writes about ‘Young Clergy and Farm Teams‘ at Adventures in Revland. Kirk writes about the insensitivity of a tsunami metaphor and contextualized outcome based reporting at Signs Unseen. Jeremy (that’s me!) writes about Form, Function, and repeating history from the EUB/MEP merger at […]

Focus: Form, Function, and Repeating History

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Blog Review of Lovett Weems’ book‘Focus’ is a readable book that depicts exactly what type of situation the United Methodist Church is in. He talks about the demographic research and the looming “Death Tsunami” and…you all know those terms already. You know all the doom and gloom. But Weems is much more than that. In […]

#GC12book Study 01: Focus by Lovett Weems [Discussion]

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Lenten Book StudyHello and welcome to our Book Study for Lent. We are reading through the books suggested to General Conference delegates to get an idea of what will be in the delegates’ minds and to help us make sense of the meta-and-local issues facing the United Methodist Church. Read more about this book study […]

Which #GC2012 book first?

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  I spent a little of my ‘continuing education’ budget on the short books for the General Conference delegates. Which should I start with first? Is there a recommended order? I asked GBHEM, Abingdon, and Cokesbury, to no avail. So, your suggestions? Also…anyone interested in a book study? We can do it over twitter or […]

Do #GC2012 Delegation Endorsements Violate ‘Holy Conferencing’? #UMC

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Delegates not RepresentativesGuiding Question: “If delegates are charged to go to General Conference to confer (Holy Conferencing) with one another about what is best for the life and ministry of the United Methodist Church; how can they be signing statements taking a position before they have been involved in the process of conferring (Holy Conferencing) […]