Church Flipping: Who Really Bought, Broke and Wants to Sell the #UMC?

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A view from the pew

The UMC is a house divided that does not know who it is or what it believes. As I have experienced it, the diversity that is currently present within the UMC is toxic and can be very detrimental to the individuals within it. Orthodox Christianity with a Wesleyan accent is not a bad thing; it is what brought Methodism into existence and it has absolutely nothing to do with modern fundamentalism. The UMC wandered from its roots a long time ago. This is how John Wesley really changed the world:

1. He sought to live a holy life centered in God and that quest led him to unexpected places.
2. Along the way, he encountered the triune God of holy love.
3. He told others about the triune God of holy love.
4. He enabled those that responded to his message to live a transformed life centered in God 24/7 regardless of their circumstances.
5.GOD then transformed communities one person at a time.

My guess this sounds like foolishness to you.

Orter T. more than 2 years ago

Notable Quotes


Brian McLaren"All of us, especially people of faith, need to proclaim that white supremacy and white privilege and all other forms of racism and injustice must indeed be replaced with something better – the beloved community where all are welcome, all are safe, and all are free. White supremacist and Nazi dreams of apartheid must be replaced with a better dream – people of all tribes, races, creeds, and nations learning to live in peace, mutual respect, and neighborliness. Such a better world is possible, but only if we set our hearts on realizing the possibility."

– Brian McLaren, writing in "What I Saw in Charlottesville" on the Auburn Seminary website.


"The idea of racial (or most any other) supremacy is antithetical to that Gospel. We should remember that Jesus himself grasped for no superiority, no rank, but instead made himself a servant, giving himself in love. What we saw in Charlottesville was therefore a kind of anti-gospel, something that must be resisted, yes–but more, something that must be overcome."

– Dr. Craig Hill, dean of United Methodist-related Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, on Facebook.

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