For the Living of These Days

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The problem with the institutional church of the 1960's

It was institutional--it was never about God alive and well in the lives of the individuals 24/7. I agree with this assessment of Christianity that I found in the forward of "Mere Christianity": The major battlefront of Christianity is individuals who wake up each morning and decide that they want to be God's immortal. And as I full well know, that is impossible without a full understanding of who God is, who I am in relation to him as well as what God has done for me and is currently doing for me through the love he expressed in Jesus Christ! Something American UMC lost the ability to do a long time ago when it decided to embrace theological plurality because theology was not as important as "what we did". And we are currently witnessing the failure of that experiment in Big Tent Christianity.

Betsy 32 days 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.


"I heard growing up that the best way to expose a dirty glass is put a clean glass next to it. Faith leaders must stand up and show a dignified, nonviolent way. ... We’ve got to come off our pulpits and out of our cathedrals and save the soul of this nation."

– The Rev. Al Sharpton on his coming "Thousand Ministers March" for justice, interviewed by Adelle Banks of Religion News Service.

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