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Power, Protocols, and Piracy

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The First Victim

The first victim of war is truth. At least so goes the proverb. Actually, the last victim of war is also truth. This article is proof that first and last, truth is the victim of war, even a supposed holy war.

bthomas 66 days ago

Piracy

Aaaargh, Matey. John launches into the unethical WCA pirates. What I really hope he’ll share is how he grew his church attendance 40% during the Covid year of 2020, from 138 to 205, when nearly every church of whatever brand suffered serious and understandable decline. That is the real news.

Bob 67 days ago

Beware of False information

This article paints the Global Methodist Church in a very grim light. It is misleading and false in so many ways. Anyone who wishes to know the truth and actually discern where they belong amongst the people called Methodists, should go to the source. Do not seek to understand the Global Methodist Church from people who would consider them enemies, as this article clearly portrays.

Meghan Riegerix 72 days ago

And just to be clear

The local church I describe is in the Rio Texas Conference in a county adjacent to the county where San Antonio is.

betsy 72 days ago

If the UMC is so great

Why has it been losing so many members since its inception. If the UMC is so great, then why did I witness the dysfunctionality of a Big Tent Methodism all but kill a local church because of a series of pastors who were nowhere close to being on the same page when it came to understanding what it means to be United Methodist. The local church came closer to being the church when it was not working so hard to be a church; when who we were together was enough and it was about who showed up on a regular basis rather than be concerned about the new person who might walk in the door. All the attempts to "improve the church" brought in new people but the strange thing was, the numbers never changed, and eventually steady numerical decline set in. I finally used the covid shutdown to quietly walk away. The correctness of that decisions was verified when I had my business up and running long before the church figured out how to safely gather in person; something other local churches were figuring out long before it did. However grand the UMC looks from the top down, from the bottom looking up, it is a raging mess! And support from the bottom is what is dwindling! And the fault lies in the Methodist/United Methodist Church began losing sight of what it was supposed to be as early as 1894 and I have the Discipline from that year to prove it! The United Methodist Church has been an experiment in theological plurality that was inadvertently designed to fail and thus is failing spectacularly!

betsy 72 days ago

In the final analysis, God is doing the grading

"The local church came closer to being the church when it was not working so hard to be a church; when who we were together was enough and it was about who showed up on a regular basis rather than be concerned about the new person who might walk in the door. "
To me, that sounds more like a private closed club than an effort to 'make disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world'! With that approach it's no wonder that people might hesitate to open the door and come in!
"The United Methodist Church has been an experiment in theological plurality that was inadvertently designed to fail and thus is failing spectacularly!" Without different approaches(plurality) we might as well throw away mirrors because we all will look, think, act exactly the same. We become more when we learn from and about others.

w f meiklejohn 72 days ago

United Methodist Church

Article should be read by all

Linda U King 72 days ago