United Methodists' debate over sexuality did not begin with the ban on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ ordination the denomination’s global decision-making body reaffirmed at its 2019 special session. It started in 1972.
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We have created a Christendom where we can choose churches the way most people choose restaurants: according to our individual tastes, as if grace grows by Yelp reviews.
I have been thinking often of the diversity of personalities (each person's unique temperament ) represented in the church, and how that diversity plays into the heated conversations that we have online.
Worship involves our bodies as well as our hearts and minds. Our posture tells a story.
“I like to frame up the conversation about racial reconciliation with just reconciliation," says Dr. Doug Logan, Jr., "because that's what we've been given.”
“You can't just move to the intimate act of reconciliation in the midst of a severe fight," says Dennae Pierre. "We have to have ways to help remind each other to be still. ‘Be still and know that I am God.’"
“I grieve whenever I hear that Christians are persecuted around the world," says Raymond Chang. "The same thing happens along racial lines. That same sort of collective pain transfers over to the people within your pews and in your congregations.”
In our podcast series, "Race and the Church," we take on a difficult, complex topic and explore how the church can lead the way in pursuing true racial reconciliation and solidarity.
“I think in the racial conversation, we do need to shift the conversation just from reconciliation to solidarity," says John Onwuchekwa, "and I think that’s what you see in Acts 6. You don't get unity by talking about unity.”
"We are nowhere near as ready for the things that we think we're ready for," says Christine Caine. "So God has to prepare us for the thing he has already prepared for us.”
BibleProject's Tim Mackie and Jon Collins say it's not surprising if people find the Bible hard to understand. "Most people," says Tim, "aren’t in the habit of reading ancient texts from across the planet from thousands of years ago, and that’s what the Bible is."