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April 10th, 2014 by Joel Watts

My guest post at Via Media Methodists

Read it here:

Covenant and the UMC (Guest post by Joel L. Watts) | Via Media Methodists.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


2 Responses to “My guest post at Via Media Methodists”
  1. Don’t know much about UMC, other than they do not believe in inerrancy. Thus, OK with me. Why do I attend?
    Other than the inerrancy issue, I can walk to the church from my house in 5 minutes, and the people are friendly. Not exactly theological reasons. But Book of Discipline? I didn’t even know it existed before a few days ago. To become an official member, do you pledge allegiance to it? Baptism is a covenant? I did read that UMC considers any baptism good enough, so no additional baptism is necessary. Interesting. I was baptized originally as a Lutheran, at age 11 months. I don’t think I made any particular covenant, bilateral, or unilateral at the time, unless it was about diaper loaded/unloaded. So my conclusion, I don’t have to be a lawyer to go to church. I noticed that there is a new member class offered in church. I have not wanted to go, since I will probably find something I don’t like about the theology. I figure, if I pay tithing, I am a member. Other than that, they keep the sermon on Sunday sanitized from politics! That’s good enough for me.

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