In a letter published here, our new Bishop, Rev. Lawson Bryan, addressed an upcoming meeting of the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church. In a 6-3 vote, the Judicial Counsel upheld the UM Book of Discipline. The 19-page decision that the consecration of an openly gay Bishop, married to another woman, is against church law places the Wester Jurisdiction on notice concerning their response. As I understand the ruling, the Western Jurisdiction acted illegally in electing to the office someone who isn’t qualified to serve as a Bishop of the entire Church, meaning she cannot serve since the office is part of more than just one conference or jurisdiction.
The Barna Group, a Christian research and polling organization, and The American Bible Society offer a yearly study on how Americans view the Bible. Repeated every year for the past six, they identify trends both large and small in the direction of the country and its churches.
This year, in an article called “Bible Engagement in a New World,” they reveal several challenges and some encouragement. First, a growing skepticism about Christianity and the Bible bring more hostility to the idea of faith. Also, in the eyes of the culture, self-fulfillment offers the highest moral good.
- Published: April 30, 2017 April 30, 2017
Kathy continues to receive the Nashville UMC Messenger. I asked them to let me use this because I believe it gets to the heart of the matter for every person on earth, and all of us, myself included. Matthew 6:33 tells us to “Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” The title is mine…
- Published: April 2, 2017 April 2, 2017