The UMC At the Crossroads: Elitism or Inclusion–or Holy Love?

“Nothing, I would argue, is more effective at driving people away from religion than watching its most elite representatives—the whitest, malest, straightest, most educated, with the biggest platforms—devolve into kindergarteners, ganging up on others, bullying, preaching a Gospel of intractability … Continue reading The UMC At the Crossroads: Elitism or Inclusion–or Holy Love?

Appeal to Scripture as the Ultimate Authority Leads to Schism

I sat in a giant, rich Baptist church on Sunday, and heard the pastor say, “Just trust me on this one,” as he pronounced with authority the demise of the US and the rise of the Antichrist over the issue of same-sex marriages. Baptist churches are all independent–none has to answer to another. They can and do teach anything they want and all make their appeal to the Bible as their ultimate authority. I spent about 25 years in the independent church world.  There the Bible is the ultimate authority. Disagreements are rampant; cult-like churches common. Indoctrination serves as the main … Continue reading Appeal to Scripture as the Ultimate Authority Leads to Schism

The Seduction of Young Men and Destruction of Compassion by the Neo-Calvinist Church Planting Movement

When the theology says, “You are a totally depraved human being. Nothing good can happen to you unless the sovereign God decides to grant you a blessing,” then those who are “blessed” find perfect justification to believe that the poor … Continue reading The Seduction of Young Men and Destruction of Compassion by the Neo-Calvinist Church Planting Movement

The Separation of Sex and Procreation: What Can Separate Us from the Love of God?

The “Father of the Pill” is quoted in an article as saying that “he believes that the Pill will become obsolete because men and women will choose to freeze their eggs and sperm when young before being sterilised [sic].” He … Continue reading The Separation of Sex and Procreation: What Can Separate Us from the Love of God?

Either My Way or the Highway #UMC: The Parable of the Spotted Sheep

I have just read John Lomperis extensive post on how The United Methodist Church is to move forward.  It is a strong call to doctrinal purity, and, should it be adopted, will mean that any who don’t agree with the IRD  (The Institute on Religion and Democracy, a heavily funded right wing political group that has been trying for at least 20 years to destroy the UMC)  will have to leave. As I wrote several months ago, “The Inquisition Cometh!” Yes, indeed it will under this proposal. I was discussing this with a friend who has been highly successful in … Continue reading Either My Way or the Highway #UMC: The Parable of the Spotted Sheep