United Methodeviations

I have been asked by a number of people to comment on the 2009-2012 Study of Ministry Commission Report & Recommendations.  This I am about to do, but I need to set up the criteria by which I am judging the current effort.  There are three fundamental lenses (if you will) that I read through, and if you disagree with any of the three, my opinions won’t carry much weight:

  1. form actually NEEDS to follow function
  2. predicating recommendations upon unchallenged assumptions results in more of what we already have
  3. laying exclusive bias as your foundation risks a house of cards

Examples of each:

  1. when I chaired the denomination’s task force on the relationship of science and theology, I spent a lot of time with biologists, geneticists, computer programmers and artificial intelligence mavens who pointed out that discipleship is about transactivation, not transformation — we are not seeking a change of…

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