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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bristol House Ltd; 1st edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885224672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885224675
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You don't have to be a Methodist to be intensely interested in the integrity of faith and life in a Christian community whose influence touches us all. We are indebted to Mark Tooley for this lively account of the heirs of John Wesley who are fighting the good fight. --The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, Editor in Chief, First Things

If you want to understand all the controversies that have rocked the United Methodist Church for the past 20 years, this book is a must-read. Like the prophet Elijah, Mark Tooley is regarded as a Troubler of Israel by some institutional types, but he gets his facts right and judges everything by Holy Scripture and the Book of Discipline. This is a hopeful book, based on Mark's belief that the Holy spirit might use us powerfully once again. --Dr. William R. (Bill) Bouknight Retired former Senior Minister of Christ UMC Memphis, Tennessee, and former President of the Confessing Movement

Mark Tooley asks all the right question--about biblical authority, the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, the mission of the church, sexual ethics and leadership accountability. And then he simply allows denominational progressives and elites to answer in their own words. It's must reading for anyone who wonders what's ailing the UMC and what we can do to fix it. --Rev. Karen Booth, Executive Director of Transforming Congregations

If you want to understand all the controversies that have rocked the United Methodist Church for the past 20 years, this book is a must-read. Like the prophet Elijah, Mark Tooley is regarded as a Troubler of Israel by some institutional types, but he gets his facts right and judges everything by Holy Scripture and the Book of Discipline. This is a hopeful book, based on Mark's belief that the Holy spirit might use us powerfully once again. --Dr. William R. (Bill) Bouknight Retired former Senior Minister of Christ UMC Memphis, Tennessee, and former President of the Confessing Movement

Mark Tooley asks all the right question--about biblical authority, the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, the mission of the church, sexual ethics and leadership accountability. And then he simply allows denominational progressives and elites to answer in their own words. It's must reading for anyone who wonders what's ailing the UMC and what we can do to fix it. --Rev. Karen Booth, Executive Director of Transforming Congregations

About the Author

Mark Tooley has directed the Institute on Religion and Democracy's UMAction program since 1994. He is a lifelong United Methodist and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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The happy surprise in this book is that the "good guys" look to be actually winning!
P. M. Waggoner
Mark is especially good at describing the theological gap between much of the national leadership and most of our churches.
D. G. Van Dussen
Mark Tooley has done a wonderful job of identifying some of the problems within the United Methodist denomination.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. G. Van Dussen on March 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
Mark Tooley has honestly and courageously told the story of United Methodism's departure from its own heritage and principles. As a delegate for two of the General Conferences he describes, I can attest to the reliability of his coverage of these events. Mark is especially good at describing the theological gap between much of the national leadership and most of our churches. For this he has been vilified - virtually demonized - by many in power.

The issue behind the issues is that United Methodism is losing touch with its original purpose, the distinctive contribution it can make to the larger Church and world. Too many leaders, policies, and institutions within the church operate on a theological and ideological foundation radically different from, and opposed to, Wesley's mandate to "reform the continent and spread Scriptural holiness over the land." The attempt has been to redefine our identity and redirect our energies in ways that have little to do with all that motivated our circuit riding ancestors. We could be a textbook example for the pattern Jim Collins demonstrates in How the Mighty Fall.

If this denomination is ever to flourish again, it will have to regain its soul, and a necessary first step is to face the reality Mark Tooley shows us in Taking Back the United Methodist Church.

Greg Van Dussen, Batavia, NY
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By EllsJays on August 16, 2011
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Mark Tooley has done a wonderful job of identifying some of the problems within the United Methodist denomination. His book helps to affirm the angst that many of us are feeling about our denomination; it's reassuring to know that we're not alone. I have purchased multiple copies of this book to give to others in the church. Being informed is the first step to making changes. The church won't inform the congregations of the radical stances that it takes on various positions...you have to go looking to discover what's really being done with apportionment dollars. I wish there was a plan of action included. Most people are just choosing to leave, and we're actually advising our college-aged children to do that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Waggoner on August 12, 2013
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Mark Tooley of the Institute for Religion and Democracy has written an excellent insiders account of UMC General Conference social/theological actions since 1992.
The happy surprise in this book is that the "good guys" look to be actually winning!
In the Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA)or Presbyterian Church USA that is not the case and biblically conservative members and parishes are fleeing in droves. Anyone who is a Methodist or has Methodist friends would profit from this book. Even a "progressive" Methodist would/should enjoy seeing how their church looks from another perspective. The only drawback to the book is that it does not cover the 2012 General Conference (but going to the IRD website and clicking on past newsletters regarding the UMC can remedy that).
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