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An Integrity of Faith and a Clarity of Witness: Can the U.S. Church Rediscover its Voice and Honor its Lord?*

The Bishop's Blog

8/20/2018

The summer has been a long one for the church, a parched wilderness in which we have experienced not showers of blessings but the relentless heat and light shining upon our sins and failures. +In our United Methodist Church, we continue the slow journey toward a special called General Conference to discern and debate our impasse over understandings of human sexuality in the church. This impasse creates anxiety about the future, fuels judgment about others across ideological lines, strains ...


Bishop Carter: Take a deep breath

The Bishop's Blog

7/19/2018

Sometimes I take a deep breath and appreciate what is happening across the Florida Conference.


The Gospel, a stranger and the burnt ends of the brisket (Luke 24. 13–35)

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6/26/2018

Who was the stranger who joined us when we sat down to break bread together at the Haywood Smokehouse?


What is Wrong With the Church? (Psalm 51)

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4/30/2018

With some regularity, I receive communications—letters, links to blogs, statements—about what is wrong with the church. I'm not complaining here. I am asking us to shift our focus.


“As Much Unity as Possible”: Reflections on 1 Corinthians 12

The Bishop's Blog

1/19/2018

The apostle Paul is writing to a divided church. There were divisions in the church, even in the first century. In this instance, the divisions were about the gifts of speaking in tongues (glossalia) and prophecy (prophetea). Some saw themselves as being more spiritual than others. Paul speaks into the context of the church in Corinth by using the framework of God’s gifts and grace.


Luther's Reformation and ours

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10/25/2017

October 31, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The Reformation is one of the streams that flows into the Methodist way of being a Christian; another is the spiritual life of the Moravians, and, yet another, is the ordered life of the Anglicans. But this fall is a significant season for us in our family tree, one that has shaped our lives in profound ways. It points us to remember the Reformation of Martin Luther.


Remembering Who We Are: Where covenant, justice and unity meet

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10/18/2017

This fall I have used a simple drawing of three circles to portray something of where we are as a church in the present moment. The three circles are covenant, justice and unity. Covenantal people greatly value the promises we have made to God and to each other in baptism, in ordination and in consecration. They seek greater public accountability when our covenants are broken. Those in a search for justice participate in a history that gives greater rights and offers God’s grace and blessings ...


Remembering Who We Are: Finding our core

The Bishop's Blog

10/10/2017

In conversations with the Florida Conference cabinet and later with a small team of persons on the Commission on a Way Forward, we sought to gain more clarity and definition of what is at the core of who we are as United Methodist Christians.


Letter from Bishop Carter post-Irma – with invites to Fall Gatherings

The Bishop's Blog

9/18/2017

Bishop Carter announces establishing the Hurricane Irma Fund, and invites all to attend a Regional Fall Gathering. The theme for the events is Growing in our Trust of God.


Anticipating Hurricane Irma, let our churches be present and in mission

The Bishop's Blog

9/6/2017

Sisters and Brothers in the Florida Conference, Grace to you and peace in the name of Jesus Christ! The Florida Conference has strong teams and clear processes in place as we anticipate the coming of Hurricane Irma. A call center will be functional and superintendents have plans of action for their districts. We urge pastors to communicate more, not less, about how the local church is present and in mission during these days. Some will open their homes to colleagues and friends. Some are in ...


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