Category Archives: UMC

How Many Gay and Lesbian Christians are there in the U.S.?

How many gay and lesbian are there in the United States?  The 2010 census counted 308 million people living in the U.S.  At the very least, 75% of the U.S. population identifies as Christian (it’s probably closer to 80%), which comes to roughly 231 … Continue reading

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One Anti-Homosexual United Methodist Pastor

Recently the Rev. Dr. Frankie L. Perdue, a United Methodist pastor in the Virginia Annual Conference, posted a reply on the Gays and Lesbians in Luke page.  At the time I puzzled over how or even whether to respond, and decided not to reply.  I thought … Continue reading

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Jon Powers, Marriage Equality, and the UMC

Rev. Jon Powers, chaplain at Ohio Wesleyan University, released the following message, which I share with you via Facebook: Dear Colleagues and Friends: This is a confidential and personal missive to you, which you may want to delete (and if you … Continue reading

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Revival and the Great Commission: our μετανοια vs our κοσμος

Our problem with the Great Commission is really quite simple. I know most of you are familiar with the passage, but let me cite it, highlighting three words we have trouble with. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven … Continue reading

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CTA Response: “So Where do We Begin?”

Dayton left a comment in the “Rigamarole” post, and my reply grew into this: Dayton, regarding your comments, 1) “there are no truly effective governance boards on a local level for lead pastors/superintendents/bishops, etc. We would need to overhaul the SPRC/Committee on … Continue reading

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CTA Report: The Meaning of Trust

When we hear the word “trust” it’s almost automatic to feel warm and fuzzy. The word elicits feelings of safety, friendliness, and caring. It would not be unusual to talk about “trusting someone’s good intentions,” or to say, “My heart doth safely trust … Continue reading

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CTA Report: Underperforming Congregations and Clergy

Let me begin by saying that, overall, I accept the recommendations contained in the two sections of the “Call to Action” (CTA). The changes are long overdue, and are necessary for the eventual flourishing of the United Methodist Church. Many elements of the Apex report feel … Continue reading

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CTA Report: Acknowledging Decades of Decline

The “Call to Action” Steering Team just issued a report to the UMC acknowledging decades of decline in membership, giving, and the number of congregations. Released six days before Halloween, 2010, the report is a remarkably frank description of the state of United … Continue reading

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