Thursday, July 29

Tag: United Methodist

Happy Aldersgate Day!

Christianity, Religion
In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while the leader was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death. from The Journal of John Wesley, May 24, 1738

And one more point about Call to Action

Yes, I know.   >< The Call to Action has no theological or scriptural underpinnings.  Bill Mefford does a great job extrapolating this in his blog:  Call to Action NOT Call to Mission.  Here's the beginning: I remember being graded for my first sermon in my preaching class at Asbury Seminary. It was unnerving to say the least, but yet I felt good about what I wanted to say. I felt so good about what I wanted to say, that I had my sermon planned out even before I found a Scriptural passage to preach from. One of the primary lessons our preaching professor taught us was that the power of our sermons were found in the lessons gleaned exegetically from the biblical text itself, even more so than our delivery or tricks of the trade we might pick up. Still, I felt so confident in the poin...

One more point about Call to Action

Interesting point at There are four competing structures being proposed, one from the Western Jurisdiction Bishops and constituencies.  The main point being that the finalized Call to Action was not given to the Bishops allowing them to offer criticism or suggestions.  Now, it is the Bishop's job to set the spiritual tone for the entire church.  The Call to Action is a major piece re-orienting our church and most definitely attempts to set the spiritual tone with a focus on "Go and make disciples!"  Quote: I’m wondering why the Call to Action (when finished) was not shared with the bishops who could then do this type of session to discuss the pluses and minuses and offer revisions before the CtA ever came out to the UM public. The findings from the meetings of every jurisd...