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).
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).
When a violation of the Book of Discipline occurs, related to overlapping marks of LGBTQ and Christian (United Methodist) community and identity, we might begin with a question: Who has been harmed?
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.
“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.
The church does not belong to us. We lead, for a time. The church points to the kingdom of heaven, the reign of God. Unless we become like children, we will never enter it.
“The Florida Conference Appointive Cabinet has met this week in Lakeland, Florida. The meetings have included prayer, discernment, silence, an Ash Wednesday service, assessment of the gifts of clergy ...
Eleventh and last in a series on the Fresh Expressions Movement in the Florida Conference and in United Methodism, and particularly in relation to the “Nones," the “Dones” and “The Spiritual, but Not Religious."
Tenth in a series of reflections on Fresh Expressions of church, the Florida Conference and United Methodism, and our relation to the “Nones,” “Dones” and the “Spiritual but Not Religious.”
Ninth in a series of reflections on Fresh Expressions of church, the Florida Conference and United Methodism, and our relation to the “Nones,” “Dones” and the “Spiritual but Not Religious.”