Holding the UMC Hostage 04 - The Conclusion

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Holding the UMC Hostage

I'm amazed and disappointed that Rev. Andy Langford's proposal and Rev. Jeremy Smith response deal with only one-half of the United Methodist mission statement in the Discipline: "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. " The general boards that seem to be in disfavor, Church and Society, Global Ministries, and United Methodist Women, are the very ones that are working in behalf of us United Methodists for the transformation of the world in ways that move toward achieving "thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

Howard W. Hallman more than 3 years ago

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What the New Testament teaches us is that Jesus reached out to those who were considered the outcasts, the ones who did not conform to the religious societies’ view of the world…We do not have a belief, in my way of looking at religion, that says we have to discriminate against anybody. If you were to apply those standards to the teachings of Jesus, I don’t think they fit. - See more at: http://davidgushee.religionnews.com/2016/03/07/nathan-deal-ga-discrimination-lgbt/?email=one.scribe56%40gmail.com#sthash.npCFOd14.dpuf

"Where legalism dominated, many, many, Christians want a religion of grace, mercy, and freedom. ... If raised in legalism, anti-legalism looks really, really good. If raised in anti-legalism, sometimes a little bit of clarity and structure looks really, really good. And so it goes, in the legalism spiral that constantly churns in the world’s great religions."

– Baptist ethicist David Gushee, writing for Religion News Service


“I think as Christians, we’re called to higher standards than Robert’s Rules of Order. Christ calls the church to be witnesses and models of love and grace and Christ-like relationships.”

– The Rev. Andy Bryan, pastor of Campbell United Methodist Church in Campbell, MO, commenting in a United Methodist News Service article on the proposed alternative discernment process for the 2016 General Conference


 


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