5 Points About the Unfolding Future

1. Methodism is broken.  We can’t fix Methodism by doubling down on the ideas which made Methodism relevant and vibrant in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

2. Does United Methodism need to fixed?  Living broken is better than living dead.  Remember Parker Palmer’s rule:  No fixing.

3. Our brokenness doesn’t stop us from being faithful to Jesus Christ. Christ claims our brokenness. Being broken is being human.  Dignity is found is embracing brokenness.

4. No one is going on to perfection.   Eternity, whatever it is, will be more than an 18th century Anglican or 21st United Methodists can imagine.

5. Is it possible to be a faithful follower John Wesley and a disciple of Jesus Christ?  Are the two mutually exclusive?  Maybe.