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Faithful discipleship in a time of turbulence

The Bishop's Blog January 30, 2017

The core of the teaching of Jesus Christ is the Beatitudes. At the heart of these words, which frame the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), is a reversal of the world’s values. To be a disciple of Jesus is not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12).

A Fractured Denomination

The Bishop's Blog January 19, 2017

In "The Fractured Republic," Yuval Levin writes: “The promise of this era, in cultural terms just as in economic terms, is the promise of diversity and choice. The danger of this era, in cultural just as is in economic terms, is the danger of polarization and division. And the work of maximizing the promise while minimizing the danger—of enabling more of our fellow citizens to live out their own American dreams without losing the essential unifying power of a commonly held American Dream—is a foremost challenge for our politics in the coming years” (183).

Bishop Carter's 2016 Ordination Sermon: The Odor of the Sheep

The Bishop's Blog June 28, 2016

A sermon taken from John 21. 15-19 and preached by Bishop Ken Carter on June 18, 2016, upon the occasion of the licensing, commissioning and ordination of women and men for the ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ, at the Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Thoughts about the 2016 General Conference

“So what do you think will happen at the General Conference?” I am often asked that question these days. Underneath the question there are a variety of unspoken emotions:  fear, anxiety, sadness, anticipation, excitement.  It is a question that is voiced this year, and perhaps this year there is more urgency, but it is one we have asked for years.

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