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Reverberations of 81 Words on Homosexuality and the UMC

The debate in the United Methodist Church about homosexuality and whether it is “incompatible with Christian teaching” or if “a self-avowed practicing homosexual” should be ordained has continued for many years. No matter where you stand on these issues, I wholeheartedly recommend listening to the following story from┬áThis American Life. The story is “81 Words: […]

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Ordination in the UMC: Doctrinal Papers

A few weeks ago, I made a proposal to make publicly available the documents produced by candidates for ministry in The United Methodist Church. To that end, I have published my Doctrinal Papers in regard to Theology, Vocation and The Practice of Ministry for Admission to Full Connection and Ordination as Elder in the Kansas […]

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Top 5 Reasons I Stay in the United Methodist Church

I stay in the United Methodist Church because: I believe the doctrine and general rules of the UMC are aligned with the scripture and God’s work in the world. I have experienced the fruit of the United Methodist way of faith in my own life and witnessed it in the lives of others. I believe […]

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Of Justification by Faith and Works

I believe that we are saved by grace through faith and that our works as Christians come as a natural result of our faith being lived in our daily interactions. I recently read Of Justification by Faith and Works by William Law and was challenged to think harder about the relationship between faith and works. […]