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"Like It Is"
on March 21, 2012
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