Tag Archives: United Methodist Church

Thinking about Doctrine

I have been thinking deeply about doctrine since the 1980s. I wrote my PhD dissertation (revised and published in 2002) on doctrine, specifically with the United Methodist Church in mind. From what I saw then (and now), our official doctrine … Continue reading

Posted in Diversity, Doctrine, United Methodism | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Wesley’s Sermon on The Catholic Spirit

I’m working through some of Wesley’s works to help United Methodist churches in the discernment process many are in now. Throughout the document, I provide analysis of what Wesley is saying and questions for consideration. My intention is that these … Continue reading

Advertisement

Posted in Christianity, Discipline, Doctrine, Ecclesiology, John Wesley, United Methodism | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts upon John Wesley’s Thoughts Upon Methodism

At the current season of division and denominational chaos, many churches in the United Methodist Church are entering an official period of discernment. I think getting back to Wesley is a good thing, so I’m going back to some of … Continue reading

Posted in Doctrine, Ecclesiology, John Wesley, United Methodism | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Annual Conference in the Age of Coronavirus

We had our meeting of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church this past weekend. The clergy session back in June, Friday’s business session, and Saturday’s ordination service were all done online, mostly via Zoom. Normally Conference runs … Continue reading

Posted in Current events, United Methodism | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

United Methodist Congregationalism

It has been said vigorously and often that United Methodist polity is NOT congregationalist. We have congregations, but our polity is connectional. Congregationalism is the claim that churches are independent, self-defined, self-determined, and self-led before they are connected to other … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Current events, Ecclesiology, John Wesley, United Methodism | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Incomprehensible Incompatibilities

The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church uses “incompatibility” language in two areas. Both of these areas are incomprehensible to large swathes of the church membership. In the best known passage, the BOD declares “the practice of homosexuality” … Continue reading

Posted in Current events, Discipleship, Ecclesiology, Sexuality, United Methodism, War | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Not So Much Unity

Lovett Weems sees more unity than I do when he writes, What if the General Conference addressed matters of doctrine, mission, and values and gave freedom (such as Central Conferences already have today) in structure and regulations, including clergy standards? … Continue reading

Posted in Current events, Diversity, Doctrine, Ecclesiology, United Methodism | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

No Exit?

(Previous post in the series) Turning to the difficulty of the exit option with regard to political entities, Hirschman writes: “But the economist is by no means alone in having a blindspot, a ‘trained incapacity’ (as Veblen called it) for perceiving the usefulness of … Continue reading

Posted in Current events, Ecclesiology, Hirschman, United Methodism | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Exit, Voice, and Loyalty

I believe there are some useful ideas for United Methodists in Albert Hirschman’s Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States. We know we have decline in the United Methodist Church. We have fewer members in the … Continue reading

Posted in Consumerism, Current events, Ecclesiology, Hirschman, United Methodism | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Room for Deterioration

Reading Albert Hirschman, Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: “The wide latitude human societies have for deterioration is the inevitable counterpart of man’s increasing productivity and control over his environment. Occasional decline as well as prolonged mediocrity—in relation to achievable performance levels—must be counted among the … Continue reading

Posted in Current events, United Methodism | Tagged , , | Leave a comment