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Haynes: Who says Elephants can’t dance?

Of course, the divisive issue that we face now is whether to change the language of the Book of Discipline as related to homosexuality. In many local churches divisions over our acceptance or rejection of homosexuals could become a crippling blow. The General Conference’s discernment on the issue of sexuality has serious implications for our continued life together.

United Methodists need The United Methodist Reporter

In our time of emails, Facebook, and online news, all print media are in readership decline. Most are in financial straits. Most denominational bookstores, including the Cokesbury stores of The United Methodist Church, are closed or in fiscal jeopardy. Time honored periodicals like Newsweek and The Christian Century cannot exists solely by subscriptions and advertising; they […]

Haynes: The Tyranny of Self Righteousness

When I retired at age sixty-four rather than sixty-five, I was often asked, “why?” I usually referred to my forty-six years of service or that we had completed our retirement home, but seldom revealed the real reason. Actually, I retired because one layman came into chew me out for one illustration that he did not […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Why Mosaics are leaving the church

Why are we losing our young adults, those who author Addie Zierman’s identifies as “millennials”? David Kinnaman, in his book You Lost Me, suggests that this group is more accurately called “Mosaics” because the people born since 1964 are so diverse in so many ways!  Thousands pack churches like Joel Osteen’s in Houston or the Elevation […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: How does Wesleyan theology rank with “millenials”?

The naming of generations is a fairly recent thing, beginning with “Baby Boomers” (born 1946-64). The defining moment for the Boomers was the Vietnam War and the “disestablishmentarianism” of the 1960’s. One of the establishments which began eroding was the traditional church, built for the most part on denominational loyalty. The late 1960’s represented the […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Learning from those who don’t like us

John Wesley read more widely than almost any man of his time.  He was an acquaintance  of his contemporary, John Locke, the deist whose writing inspired James Madison and Thomas Jefferson’s “enlightened” view of humankind.  Locke, Adam Smith, David Hume, and Montesquieu of  France all rejected the Christian doctrine of original sin — yet Wesley […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Born again churches and the disconnect with culture

“Born Again Churches” the title read, in a secular Scottish magazine. It reported about a precipitous free-fall in the Church of Scotland attendance which reflects a seismic cultural shift.  Attendance is declining about 17,000 per year in the country historically known for its great preachers, such as Peter Marshall. The magazine writer put it this […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: A page from our Methodist glory days

I grew up on “Methodist lore.”  Some of it consisted of quotes  by John Wesley delivered by my farmstead mother in North Carolina.  One of these was “cleanliness is next to godliness.”  Another was, “earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can.”  Another was “If your heart is as mine, give […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Can United Methodists learn from Pope Francis?

Regardless of our age or station in life, we need from time to time to read something  of a different genre or posture from our own opinion and journey.  One also needs to hear the counsel of others who have a different perspective, a different view—micro or macro—of the  prevailing winds.  Nearly an octogenarian, I […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: What don’t we understand about conversion?

I love words and my curiosity is piqued when I see one whose meaning I do not know.  One that jumped at me recently was “entropy.”  Why?  Because it  regards the untapped  potential for revitalizing a movement!   It means the potential energy not being utilized in a closed system needing change!    In information theory, “entropy” […]