Posts Tagged ‘united methodist church’

By Matt Horan

The other day someone emailed me about my blog about amicable separation of the United Methodist Church.  He talked about the difference between liberals and evangelicals, which is the place where I stopped reading.

If someone asks a Christian, “Hey are you an evangelical?” the correct answer is “Yes.”  “Evangel” means “good news.”  Evangelists tell people good news.  If someone or something is evangelical, it is contributing to the spread of good news.  Our Good News is that while we were dead to sin, God sent his son Jesus Christ to live and die for us and raised him to new life before us.  We can be joined with this Jesus and live a new life and leave the old one behind.  Good News.

I know that it helps to be able to judge people by the group.  It’s so easy to talk about liberals or conservatives when we can group them all together and take a big swipe or two at them.  But here’s the thing that made me blog today:

There cannot be some Christians who aren’t evangelical.  (more…)


By Matt Horan

So, in a previous blog I just finished saying that the United Methodist Church needs to stay together.  In fairness, I probably owe a little more in terms of how we might do it.  In a season filled with people offering grandiose yet vague solutions, may I not be counted among them.

We would be wise to learn from the principles that have given some success to the Emergent Church and non-denominational church movements over the last 15 years or so, without losing the Wesleyan distinctives that have sustained us since the days of the “Holy Club.” (more…)

By Matt Horan

The Service of Licensing, Commissioning, and Ordination at the 2011 Florida Annual Conference.

Today I read a thoughtful and reasoned exploration of the future of the United Methodist Church written by Professor Jack Jackson from Clermont School of Theology.  I’ve been a fan of Jack’s from afar for several years, and have great faith in his heart’s desire for Methodism to be a vital movement that draws people to Christ, and builds the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.

The article is well done, but I think there is a more excellent way.