Friday, March 23, 2007

a call to all United Methodists to confess Christ as Son, Savior, and Lord

A number of years ago, I became a member of The Confessing Movement within The United Methodist Church. I encourage you, whether lay person or church member, to visit their website, check out what its about, and join.


Bluebird said...

I just visited the Confessing Movement website. I noticed they came out very strongly against goddess worship and the blessing of same-sex marriage, neither of which is prevalent in the Methodist Church.
Otherwise, there was a great deal about restoring doctrinal clarification, without much about which doctrines they wished to purify.

I already confess Christ as Son (of God), Savior and Lord, as do all the Methodists I know personally. Just what does the Confessing Movement seek to do for the Methodist Church?

Joseph Slife said...

For a full treatment of the "confessing movement" [chronicling the history and goals of confessing groups and renewal movements in the UMC, the Disciples of Christ, the Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), et al], I recommend Turning Around the Mainline: How Renewal Movements are Changing the Church, by Dr. Thomas C. Oden (Baker Books, 2006).

William J. Abraham of SMU calls it "a robust commentary that will cheer the fainthearted, strengthen the resolve of committed, and give pause to the critics of orthodoxy."

To see the cover and to read an excerpt, click here.

Turning Around the Mainline can be ordered here or here.

Bluebird said...

joseph, thank you for pointing out that book. The excerpt is very enlightening.

It seems to me that people like Dr. Oden already have a very congenial church home open to them. It's called the Southern Baptist Convention. Why reinvent the wheel?

Jason Woolever said...

hey joseph, thanks for the reference. i've been wanting to read that book for some time but have not gotten to it yet.

Joseph Slife said...

A comment to bluebird:

The goal of the Confessing Movement within the UMC, as with confessing/renewal movements in other "mainline" denominations is not to "reinvent the wheel." The goal is to re-form a wheel that has become misshapen.

Put another way, the goal is to restore these denominations to the clear profession of biblical faith with which they began -- the Apostolic "faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints" (Jude 3).

Re-invention, no. Restoration, yes.

Grace and peace,