Wesley Bros: ISH-UES



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I don’t really believe in “Golden Era’s” of the church when things were so much better than they are now.  The 1950′s, The Great Awakening, The Reformation, The Acts of the Apostles…sure great things happened and God moved in mighty ways, but each era has its own issues to deal with, and ours is no different.  I’m naming the ones here that bother me most.  My generation tends to take the cynical tack of criticizing and walking away from an establishment that has problems.  But we’re only going to make a difference if we name what’s wrong because we love the church, and then try to love it into a better reality.

Charlie Baber

Rev. Charlie Baber is author and illustrator of the weekly web comic: Wesley Bros. When he isn’t finding new ways to mash-up church history with modern culture, he has actual responsibilities as a Deacon serving at Highland UMC in Raleigh, NC. Check out Charlie’s site at www.wesleybros.com.

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Florida Guy '48

With all due respect, I do not agree that the UMC’s stance (and that of both the Old and New Testaments) in opposition to homosexual acts is “what’s wrong” with the church. I also think that for the UMC to retreat, as liberals are urging, from its current principled position, in front of the public and the press, would be disastrous, a real apostasy. It’s instructive to look at the Episcopal Church, as a denomination that changes in response to the ever-changing concerns of liberalism; that denomination lost an average of 23% in Sunday worship attendance, in a recent decade.… Read more »

Thomas Hill

I was raised Methodist, at a time before the homophobia was a background thing. It was not until later I discovered I was gay, and my church only counted on me for my tithing. I was not “compatible with the Book of Discipline”. When the man asked Jesus what it would take to get into Heaven, Jesus told him to give up all of his riches, his possessions, his things. When the man could not, Jesus let him move on. He did not hound him, He did not pester. He did not follow him around to get him to change.… Read more »

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