As Tinker said repeatedly, repentance isn’t easy. Repentance calls us to cast aside our myths of moral superiority, and honestly confront the ways that we have fallen short in our relationships with others. It forces us to take our heroes off their pedestals and recognize that they were broken men who often did horrible things in the name of God. The lie of manifest destiny – the false theology perpetuated by the church – provided the cover to avoid Christ’s call of love, and to engage in acts of hate.
Commentary: After General Conference, people will still need the church
In an open letter to The United Methodist Church, the head of United Methodist Men points out one certainty leading up to the special 2019 General Conference: The church will continue its mission to bring others to Christ.
Commentary: African delegates need information before forming opinions
In a commentary about the choices before the special 2019 General Conference, a Zimbabwean elder urges United Methodists to get all the information before forming an opinion.