What are your thoughts?
David F. Watson
In this month’s Circuit Rider (the print magazine of Ministry Matters), Drs. William Abraham. They conclude, Wesley knew what so many of us have forgotten today: the set of claims that we make about God will shape the ways in which we view the world around us and will come to bear significantly upon the […]
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 […]
…God is essentially a construct. God doesn’t do anything except give credence and authority to the ethical claims that we want to endorse. via Church Coffee: Does God Actually Do Anything?. Of course I would suggest reading the entire post. I may have taken it out of context.
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 […]
We need labels. I consider myself an orthodox Christianity, at least in practice. I would like to know, however, if I am heading to a Charismatic Christian service or other non-liturgical Christian services. But, the other labels – conservative and liberal – are those often tossed around against others rather than claimed for ourselves. And […]
David F. Watson writes, If we are utterly dependent upon the power and presence of God for our life in the Church, what should we be training our ministers to do in seminaries? It follows that the primary task of a seminary should be to teach ministers about the various means handed on to us […]
Even choosing to write the words ‘disability theology’ is a statement. Why not theology of disability? I’m really not sure what to even call it. However, I do believe a serious discussion and some resolution regarding a theological view of disability and people with disabilities would go far in determining the future course of the […]
Recently, Jack Jackson of Claremont School of Theology argued for a division of the UMC over the issue of homosexuality. Dr. Jackson is not the only such voice calling for division. Many other people believe that our differences over this issue are irreconcilable. I don’t know what the future holds regarding this debate, but I […]
The theology of John Wesley has proven exceedingly influential in the religious and spiritual lives of Wesley’s followers and his critics. However, Wesley did not leave behind a written doctrine on scripture. This collection presents an array of diverse approaches to understanding John Wesley’s charge to read and interpret the Bible as scripture. Contributors move […]