Church Government

William Law on the effects of a church decree

Basically, and help me if this sounds familiar, the Bishop of Bangor said that there is no biblical support for church government/authority of the church. William Law did not take kindly to this rank heresy and proceeded to literarily flay the bishop alive. Again; I presume it may very justly be said, that the Christian Revelation hath some Effect towards the Salvation of Mankind; but then it hath not this Effect always and in all Cases, it is only effectual upon certain Conditions. Now if Excommunication can have no Effect, because it is not effectual when it is wrongfully

Church Government

William Law on the Authority of the Church – almost sacramental… #UMC

I’m almost convinced that William Law is one of the greatest unsung theological heroes of the past 500 years. Here, he is urging something… using something else… Remember, he is Anglican. Also, This entire 9 vol set is available on Logos. I hope, my Lord, it may be allowed, that the Sacraments are Real Means of Grace: But it is certain they are only conditionally so, if those that partake of them are endowed with suitable Dispositions of Piety and Virtue. Glorious Means of Grace of the Sacraments, which is only obtained by such pious Dispositions; and then it

Church Government / Church History / Communion / etc.

Donatism & Church Unity #DreamUMC #UMCSchism

While Joel is on vacation, I promised him I would contribute a few original posts this week on here. For the past year, Joel has given more of his energy to the United Methodist Church and the -ism Schism controversies within it. What are the reasons for schisms, and who are calling for them. There are some rather unwise persons out here in Christianity calling for schism over their pet issues, without even knowing what it means historically. Do they not understand that schismatics desire bloodshed? The history of Schisms in Church history is a rather gory one. The

Church Government / United Methodist Church

The Uncomfor(ming)table Middle in the #UMC

When I was moving out of the cult of fundamentalism to a more robust and liberating faith, an Australian pastor, Mark Stevens, advised to me to refrain from being as liberal as I was once fundamentalist. I am eternally grateful for that piece of insight. Of course, the reverse is true as well. I know of a pastor who was once an extreme liberal but now is as conservative as he was once liberal, even to the point of fundamentalism. I am equally happy that I found the particular United Methodist Church I did. I detail some of this in

Church Government / United Methodist Church

is the unity of the #UMC a lie?

Dr. Watson asks, Is our unity, then, confined to matters of polity? Are we only held together by the trust clause and our pensions? I really, really don’t want the UMC to split. I would consider that a great tragedy. Yet what are our main reasons for staying together? via Church Coffee: In What Lies Our Unity?. I’m going to do something different. I’m going to turn off the comments for this post to direct you over there. But, my answer is this… if one schism is bad, then maybe all schisms should be reexamined. Further, where in Scripture

Church Government / United Methodist Church

Where is God in Jack Kale’s decision?

So, in a sense, I chose the mission and vision I was doing under appointment more than I chose to serve the whim of a bishop. via One pastor’s take on why he left the United Methodist Church – UMR. My own issues with the UMC’s historic itinerancy system; however, I believe it is for the best and Jack Kale is perhaps one of the best examples of why this system needs to stay in place. The Church is not a cult of personality, nor is it based on the pastor. If the local church has only grown with the

Church Government / United Methodist Church

Why I am #UMC

I feel like this would be a great campaign slogan… Dr. Watson has written about “what’s so great about the UMC.” There are certain structures and theological stances within the #UMC with which I am dissatisfied. I strongly disagree about their ordination process. “This Holy Mystery” is a start, but we need a better affirmation of the real presence. And why do we use grape juice!!! Further, we need a deeper look at our Arminian and Pietist heritage as well as what it means to be Wesleyan.  We need to get rid of the enthusiasm running rampant in our churches and institutions of