Bishop Scott Jones on what the UMC has to offer

Bishop Scott Jones of the Great Plains area preached last year on why he believes the UMC has something to offer to Christian faith and practice in our world. drawing on this belief in the UMC as a place of the “extreme center.” Check it out.

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MethodistPie
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For a fresher take on Bishop Jones’ thinking (the video seen here was taped last fall), go on the Great Plains Episcopal Area Facebook page and check out what he had to tell the preachers this week.

Wes Andrews
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I stand corrected. I based my inadequate reaction to this brief clip. We should be united, I agree with the Bishop on this, but we are NOT united. I will watch the more complete version of his talk. The problem remains: The minority who are hateful and harsh toward the current clear and debated identity of the UMC are very destructive and distract the church from would should be it’s mission. The doctrines are NOT being upheld by any agency, or higher educational institution nor by many of our Bishops, and NO ONE holds them accountable. Professors work against the… Read more »
Wes Andrews
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This Bishop is out of touch. He thinks he is eloquent and thinks he has a great delivery walking from one side of the chancel to the other. A small, but powerful minority, very powerful, DON’T agree on the doctrines. They do NOT participate or honor unity in any way. This is another example of Bishops who are CLUELESS……

Gary Bebop
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I was surprised the bishop had nothing fresh to say. This was a stunt, astonishingly bereft of original ideas. When bishops have the floor, do we not expect them to address reality, not an idealization? The church is languishing for bishops who will preach the Word, not simply perform a polished act. The giggles behind him on the platform revealed the vaudeville nature of his address.

Richard Cheatham
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What I heard from the bishop is what I hear many times from many preachers who seem to operate on the assumption that the congregation is overflowing with highly committed Christians just looking for direction on how to bring the world to Christ. I believe it is the people-in-the-pews who hunger to hear some message that will help them make sense of their own lives, giving hope and bringing meaning and purpose to them. Where that actually occurs the churches grow simply because the congregation wants to share the good news that transforms and empowers life. When good people believe… Read more »
bill krill
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‘Connected?’ What a self deceiving concept! Most of the clergy live blinders on, and are waaay out of touch with real people. ‘Itinerant?’ Maybe in THAT conference, but the UMC has many, many congregations without ordained folks leading them, and countless more closing. ‘Unity of Doctrine and Discipline?’ Yet another illusion (even a year ago, before the recent pastor-purge). He is profoundly wrong about ‘Catholic organization’, I used to practice in that church and got two degrees from Catholic universities, and lay people have had and continue to have tremendous input into doctrine. I believe that the UMC ‘extreme center’… Read more »
Thomas Coates
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It’s easy to talk about unity and the center when you’re in a position of privilege. It’s far more difficult to humbly submit that our “extreme center” position hurts people: The position of the church on LGBTQ humanity is not a centrist position, it is a very conservative position, although (outside of Africa) not usually extremist. How are we to reach LGBTQ people if we cannot equally minister to them? For 40 years we have, and will continue, to write off millions of LGBTQ people and (growing number of young adult allies) as time progresses. However, the good bishop does… Read more »
RPerry
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The LGBT people are more than welcome to any UMC. We are all sinners and strive to be Christlike. We don’t embrace our sin, but try to move away from it. Jesus loves all of us.

Douglas Asbury
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The reality is that BEING LGBTQ is no sin, nor is relating lovingly and faithfully to a same-sex partner. What IS sin is misrepresenting LGBTQ persons as being sinful because they are acting out with integrity their God-given sexuality. The UMC has followed the culture that, for millennia, has misunderstood same-sex love. This is not to say there is not sexual abuse perpetrated by those who are LGBTQ, nor that there is not promiscuity and other such sinful behaviors among such persons; but it is to point out that there are the same kinds of unloving relationships and sinful behaviors… Read more »
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