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Wonder, Love and Praise

Liberian scholar Rev. Dr. James Z. Labala finds the church identity document, "Wonder, Love and Praise," uses three historic faith convictions to form a renewed identity for the global United Methodist Church. Read more

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An anthropologist from Asbury Seminary finds the proposed church identity document "to be a positive attempt to deal with the global diversity found within the Body of Christ." Read more

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A United Methodist pastor in Denmark examines John Wesley's threefold pattern of church, and asks whether it still exists in today's Methodism. Read more

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Dr. Joon-Sik Park of Methodist Theological School in Ohio finds deficiencies of Wesleyan identity and mission similar to others' critiques of "Wonder, Love and Praise." Read more

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Because of its international connection, the United Methodist Church is in a unique position to demonstrate the inclusive nature of the Church, writes Dr. David N. Field. Read more

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Concepts in a proposed church identity document that are filtering through other developing works seem to hold hope for fostering unity and avoiding schism in The United Methodist Church, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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We only discover the nature of the church when we examine the nature of its context, writes Dr. David N. Field in his second critique of the proposed church unity document, "Wonder, Love and Praise." Read more

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John Wesley Writing

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John Wesley's theology on church unity goes farther and deeper than the usually cited sermons, writes Dr. David N. Field in his review of the proposed church identity document, "Wonder, Love and Praise." Read more

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The true nature of Christ's Church is to be the body that champions and comforts the human rights of the poor and needy, as Jesus commanded his disciples, writes the Rev. Norma Dollaga of the Philippines. Read more

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"Wonder, Love and Praise," the proposed United Methodist document on the nature of the church, uses a lot of terms and ideas that need a lot more explaining, writes the Rev. Stefan Zürcher of Zürich, Switzerland. Read more

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The draft of a new understanding on the nature of the Church needs to look to the energy of Global South's "pilgrim" model rather than the "settled Christianity" of the Western Church, writes the Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj. Read more

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Dr. Robert A. Hunt of Perkins School of Theology proposes to evaluate "Wonder, Love and Praise," the proposed document on the church's identity, by examining the process that brought it into being. Read more

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If God's nature is threefold, then it's a mistake to focus God's work through the church solely on the ordained ministry, writes Dr. Daniel Shin in a third critique about "Wonder, Love and Praise," a proposed statement on the church. Read more

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Daniel Shin of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta continues his observations about the United Methodist statement on the nature of the church, "Wonder, Love and Praise." Read more

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In UM & Global's continuing series on "Wonder, Love and Praise," Daniel Shin finds the document fails to make clear how the Church is realized as both "a divine gift and a human reality." Read more

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Dr. Knut Refsdal of Norway Annual Conference finds "Wonder, Love and Praise," the proposed Faith & Order statement on the Church's nature, to lack references to United Methodism's missional identity and its strength in diversity. Read more

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Dr. Benjamin L. Hartley thinks it's a mistake for the UMC's Faith and Order Committee to base its new document, "Wonder, Love and Praise," about the nature of the Church, on a theological statement from the World Council of Churches. Read more

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UM & Global, the collaborative blog of United Methodist Professors of Mission, is inviting scholarly reflections on a document about the nature of the church approved by the 2016 General Conference. Read more

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