Opinions Still Vary on the Way Forward

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The Traditional Plan

I expect the Traditional Plan to pass because a growing majority supports it and because it best represents the way Jesus taught us to live. He told us to be holy because His Father in heaven is holy.

Skipper 190 days ago

First, they came for...

A recent article in Good News Magazine mentioned the ordination of women as a "hot button issue" along with those mentioned here. People should consider where things are headed.

David 196 days ago

Who? What?

What article spoke of women's ordination as a "hot button issue"? The current one entitled Men, Women, and the Kingdom of God says "The clear hierarchy established in both creation stories of Genesis (chapters one and two) is the hierarchy of God over humans and humans over animals, not male over female." That seems a far cry from misogynist accusations.

John 194 days ago

"Opinions Still Vary" wins the understatement prize!

“The special called session of the General Conference — set for Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis — will attempt to find common ground on the issue of same-sex marriage and ordination of homosexuals.” So sayeth the UMC …
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Hello? There is NO common ground. I can imagine the frustrations of bishops in facing the reality of it all, but the alternative not listed is the alternative of the future – in one way or another, the split will come.
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Prediction: Traditional individuals will split (leave) and find other churches if forced to accept homosexual clergy and weddings. Many individual churches will split. Some conferences will split. Lawyers will circle like buzzards over road-kill.
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Prediction #2: Unless full “inclusion” is the future, the future will be one of constant upheaval. LGBTQ interests are on a mission and will not stop short of their goal.
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Prediction #3: General Conference 2019 will be as messy and miserable as February weather in St. Louis . There will be no thaw, only numbing cold ill winds of irreconcilable differences. A fortune will be spent only to have delegates reach no workable solution - and leave more spiritually divided than ever. Brilliant!
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Why can’t bishops accept the inevitable and deal with it? Why can’t bishops accept that LGBTQ people are sincere and unwavering in their quest for full inclusion. Why can’t bishops accept that most of us of traditional values are not willing to put aside those values of generations.

Reese 197 days ago


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