Darryl Stephens on What Really Divides Us

A Response to Philip Wingeier-Rayo

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The United Methodist Church would not exist if...

John Wesley had not abandoned the Fetter Lane Society and moved to the Foundry where he could better control what was taught. It was theological conflict that caused that split.

Betsy 31 days ago

What really divides us

The fact that there are so many understandings of what "really divides us"! The number of viewpoints as to what "really divides us" is as mind boggling and confusing as the confusing, conflicting and contradictory array of viewpoints of who God is, who we are in relation, what God requires of us in this life and how the church should function. It all points to one single reality: IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES, otherwise known as the experiment in Big Tent Christianity is proving to be a spectacular failure! Currently I would rather hang out with the ladies I play bunco with once a month rather than navigate the confusing mess the American UMC is rapidly becoming; they have a much better sense of what it means to be a caring community and we are ecumenical in that we come from multiple Christian backgrounds..

Betsy 31 days ago

View of Jesus

The view of Jesus is of great importance as he asked his first disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" Not much is spoken about this when talking about division in the church. How we understand Jesus and discern what it means to follow Jesus seems to be a crucial point to consider within what is discussed here. Also, cultural differences are significant when considering controversial issues. How do individualist American's relate to other people with more of a corporate sense of who they are?

Gary Olsen-Hasek 33 days ago

What Really Divides Us Is Simple

By rejecting repentance, the putting away of the old life to live a New Life, Progressives have unfortunately rejected the central teaching of Jesus ministry. In the bible Jesus calls on everyone to repent. Some are willing and some are not willing.

Skipper Anding 33 days ago

You have it backwards

It is the right wing who "rejected the central tenet of Jesus ministry" in their refusal to repent from the hatemongering and bigotry in which they engage so easily.

George Nixon Shuler 32 days ago

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