OLD CROAKERS (part 1)

Jul 24, 2014 by

“Old Croakers” was a term in Methodism given to retired preachers who gloried in the good old days and complained about the present.  They were the circuit preachers in the 1850s who believed Methodism’s younger pastors had gotten cold and formal,...

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Finding the Way Forward (Part 2)

Jul 15, 2014 by

“Finding the way forward” is a phrase being used among United Methodists these days to find solutions to the church’s present crisis.  The crisis has come about because of what appear to be unsurmountable differences in the church over the mission...

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Finding the Way Forward (Part 1)

Jul 15, 2014 by

“The Way Forward” seems to be the designated nomenclature for ideas that promise to help United Methodism work through its present crisis over issues related to marriage, the practice of homosexuality, ecclesiastical disobedience, the authority of...

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Matt Lipan: Anything Goes in the UMC?

Jul 10, 2014 by

(Excerpt from Juicy Ecumenism) There seems to be a common yet inaccurate perception that United Methodists don’t actually believe anything (or believe everything). That somehow, “Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.” became a statement of faith...

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