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Not For United Methodist Christians Only, part 1.

February 19, 2019

WARNING: Prayer Request Ahead.

Your body has many parts—limbs, organs, cells—but no matter how many parts you can name, you’re still one body, it’s exactly the same with Christ. Our old friend St. Paul wrote that in 1st Corinthians 12.

“Last time I checked, we’re all on the same team.” You might have heard me say that about our various Christian denominations.

It’s not a glib statement; it’s the truth.

Having had the honor of working for over forty years with a wide variety of pastoral colleagues and churches of numerous stripes and spots, I still maintain that “we’re all on the same team.”

That’s all about to be tested. That’s why I’m about to ask you to pray.

In a few days, Saturday through Tuesday, February 23-26 to be exact, my family, The United Methodist Church, is having what could be the most significant weekend in our lifetimes.

“On February 23, elected United Methodist delegates along with our bishops will gather in St. Louis, Missouri, for a called special session of General Conference. The goal of the meeting is to find a way forward through our disagreements about same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBTQ clergy.” 

That’s from our official United Methodist site. I’m planning you and I’ll spend some time and space here on it over this next week.

For now, please join me and untold others in praying for, about, and with the participants of this General Conference.

“Last time I checked, we’re all on the same team.” Or as our old friend St. Paul wrote, you’re still one body. May that continue to be true.

And I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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